Dr. Sheng Ding is a senior investigator and professor at the J. David Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco. Previously, Ding was an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry with honors from Caltech in 1999, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Scripps in 2003. Dr. Ding’s research has focused on developing and integrating chemical and functional genomics tools to study stem cell biology and regeneration, with an expertise on applying high throughput cellular screening approaches to identify and further characterize novel small molecules that can control various cell fate/function.