Project Objective: Research Insights


Identifying roadblocks to neural stem cell transplantation into human tissues.

Research Objective We will generate a comprehensive map of human neural stem cell differentiation profiles that will serve as a reference for enhancing neural stem cell-based therapies. Impact Our project will develop improved protocols for human neural stem cells differentiation, enhancing the fidelity, safety and robustness of future cell therapies. Major Proposed Activities Establish quantitative […]

Functional genomics to study cellular convergence across ASD risk genes in neurodevelopment

Research Objective Our objective is to enable scalable genetic screening to study how neurogenesis is impacted by risk genes implicated in human psychiatric disorders. Impact We will develop and apply state-of-the-art genomic analysis to seek mechanisms and disease modifying solutions. Major Proposed Activities Identifying and validating efficient gRNA for gene editing Identify risk gene effects […]

Engineering pluripotent stem cells for universally available, off-the-shelf T cell therapies

Research Objective Our goal is to develop new gene editing methods for producing universal, off-the-shelf, therapeutic T cells from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) that can be applied to a range of diseases. Impact We will develop new gene editing approaches to overcome the block to T cell development from iPSC that occurs when key […]

Establishment of a novel approach to systematically study the dynamic organization of protein complexes in stem cells

Research Objective We focus on hiPSCs pluripotency and neurodifferentiation to develop a novel framework to allow simultaneous identification of multiple interactions between proteins and between proteins and the genome Impact Our framework will allow high-throughput queries of the organization and functionality of proteins and shift the focus towards unprecedented, multi-dimensional studies of the cellular complexity. […]

Harnessing vascular stem cells to grow and protect the human brain

Research Objective The origins of brain vascular mural cells are unknown. This proposal will identify mural stem cells in the developing human and mouse brain and determine their impact on blood brain barrier formation. Impact Brain vascular diseases can have profound impacts on long-term neurological function. This proposal will map the stages of mural stem […]

Determining how age-specific heterogeneity of human hematopoietic stem cells and megakaryocyte progenitors contribute to thrombotic disease upon aging

Research Objective Our research will determine how aging of human blood stem cells leads to dramatic increases in disorders of platelets, cells that normally prevent bleeding but form harmful clots when dysregulated. Impact Our findings have the potential to inform prevention and mitigation strategies of bleeding and clotting disorders that contribute to significant morbidity and […]

Understanding Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Mechanisms using CRISPRi and Chemical Screens in Human iPSC-Derived Sensory Neurons

Research Objective The research objectives are to identify causal genes for chemotherapy-induced mitochondrial toxicity and neurodegeneration in sensory neurons and drugs that target this toxicity. Impact These studies will open the possibility for genetic or drug targeting to prevent and treat drug-induced peripheral neuropathies and possibly neuropathies caused by disease or inherited. Major Proposed Activities […]

Developing a Human Model of Sporadic ALS Using Machine Learning and Robotic Microscopy

Research Objective We will develop the first human stem cell model of sporadic ALS (sALS) to identify disease mechanisms in the most common form of ALS and to discover drugs to treat the vast majority of ALS patients. Impact Failure of drugs to treat sALS may be due to the use of models of familial […]

The role of WNT and BMP signaling pathways in iPSC to iTenocyte step-wise differentiation for tendon repair

Research Objective Development-inspired differentiation will enable efficient and specific generation of tenocytes that can repair tendon injury, restore dysfunctional tissue, and prevent long term effects. Impact This study will eliminate heterogenous differentiation of pluripotent stem cells and will results in high yield and unified tenogenic phenotype. Major Proposed Activities Establish the mechanism by which Wnt […]

Drug Discovery for Dilated Cardiomyopathy using Patient-Derived Human iPSCs

Research Objective Greenstone Biosciences will use patient-derived stem cells to discover safe and effective drugs for cardiovascular disease. Impact The use of patient-derived stem cells to discover novel drug targets for cardiovascular disease, identify drug candidates, and establish clinical trial in a dish to evaluate drug safety and efficacy. Major Proposed Activities Use patient-derived induced […]