People

Diversity is a strength, translational communication is what we do.

Jean M. GRANGEON MS,MBA,

Founder

A graduate of the Kedge Business School in Marseille and the Faculty of Science at Aix-Marseille, Jean-Mehdi GRANGEON began his career in the pharmaceutical industry (Aventis and Lilly France) before leaving Europe for the United States . Fascinated by Science, Art and Literature, he taught at the College of Design in Cincinnati and directed a cultural project in connection with the city of New York for more than 15 years.

Since his return to France in 2015, Jean-Mehdi GRANGEOBN has been working as a senior consultant in Health and Life Sciences communication and delivered a tremendous number of missions on behalf of public and private research organizations.  Jean-Mehdi GRANGEON founded KOM Agency in 2017.

Cédric BLANPAIN MD, PhD

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Volunteer Consultant

Dr. BLANPAIN  graduated as a Medical Doctor (1995), received his PhD in Medical Sciences (2001) and was board certified in internal medicine (2002) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. He performed a postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Elaine Fuchs, at the Rockefeller University, New York, USA from 2002 to 2006.

Dr. BLANPAIN is full professor of Stem Cell and Development Biology and investigator of the WELBIO (Walloon Excellence in Life Science and Biotechnology) at the IRIBHM, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). His research group is currently studying the mechanism that regulates stem cell fate decision during embryonic development, tissue homeostasis and repair as well as the implication of stem cells during cancer initiation and growth.

He has received several prestigious awards and fellowships including the career development award of the HFSP, EMBO young investigator, ERC starting grant, Outstanding Young Investigator Award of the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and has been an EMBO member since 2012.

Valentina GRECO PhD, PI, HHMI Faculty Scholar

Yale University, Volunteer Consultant

Dr. GRECO was born in Palermo, Italy and earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Palermo, Italy. She earned her PhD with Suzanne Eaton at the EMBL/MPI-CBG, Germany (1998-2002) and her post-doc with Elaine Fuchs at the Rockefeller University (2003-2009). Dr. GRECO is currently an Associate Professor in the Genetics, Cell Biology and Dermatology Departments, and a member of the Yale Stem Cell Center and Yale Cancer Center at the Medical School of Yale University (2009-present).

The GRECO Lab focuses on trying to understand how stem cells and their environment contribute to organ regeneration, and how deviation from steady state are dealt by the tissue tracking the same cells over time in live mice. This work has provided unprecedented insights into tissue regeneration, which relies upon the coordinated activation of resident stem cells and their environment, and into key signaling pathways controlling dynamic stem cell behaviors and decisions.

Dr. GRECO was the recipient of the 2014 ISSCR-BD Biosciences Outstanding Young Investigator Award, is co-chair of the ISSCR Junior Investigators Committee and a board member of the ISSCR. She was also the recipient of the 2014 Women in Cell Biology Junior Award (WICB) for Excellence in Research from the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB), the 2015 Robertson Stem Cell Investigator Award from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF).

 

Heather McCAULEY, PhD

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Volunteer Consultant

Dr. McCAULEY obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 2007. She received her PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of Cincinnati in 2015, in which Dr. Geraldine GUASCH served as her PhD advisor. During her research, Dr. McCAULEY discovered two novel roles for TGFβ signaling in epithelial differentiation and cancer. She then joined the lab of Dr. James WELLS at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for her postdoctoral training. She is currently investigating the relationship between enteroendocrine cells, nutrient absorption and metabolic disease using organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells.

Dr. McCAULEY has received numerous awards during her graduate and postdoctoral work, including a Fellowship from the American Diabetes Association in 2017.