Cédric Blanpain, MD/PhD, is full professor and WELBIO investigator at the IRIBHM, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. His lab is studying the role of epithelial stem cells during development, homeostasis and cancer. His lab uncovered new populations of stem cells and progenitor cells in the epidermis, prostate and mammary gland, and identified the cancer cell of origin in these different tissues. Using novel genetic approaches, they demonstrated the existence of cancer stem cells within their natural microenvironment and identified intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms regulating their functions. Cedric Blanpain is supported by the Belgian FNRS, WELBIO and the European Research Council. He received several important awards including the EMBO Young investigator, outstanding young investigator award of the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), or the Liliane Bettencourt award for Life Sciences. He is EMBO member since 2012.