Project Objective: Research Insights

Global gene expression profiling of single inhibitory neurons derived from human stem cells

Using metabolic pausing for maintaining stable and high-quality pluripotent stem cells

Autologous therapy for Parkinson’s disease: single cell RNAseq for in depth characterization of transplanted cells

Optimization of a human interneuron cell therapy for traumatic brain injury

Research Objective A cell therapy product comprised of inhibitory neurons that can migrate, integrate and restore neurologic function after traumatic brain injury. Impact Traumatic brain injury Major Proposed Activities Examine the most effective dose and safety profile of human iPSC-derived MGE cells grafted into rodent hippocampus. Determine whether human iPSC-derived MGE cells mature into appropriate […]

An IPSC cell based model of macular degeneration for drug discovery.

Research Objective Towards a cure for age related blindness, we propose to create a human stem cell based model to screen for drugs that are protective against Age related macular degeneration (AMD). Impact With up to 11 million people in the United States affected by AMD, effective treatments against macular degeneration could address vision loss […]

A new phenotypic screening platform that identifies biologically-relevant targets and lead compounds for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Research Objective Demonstrate that our HitFinder™ library can be screened for phenotypic changes in A53T-IPSC-derived dopaminergic neurons and use a secondary handle to identify the targets responsible. Impact This technology combines phenotypic screening and target-ID eliminating the need to bias assays and/or screening libraries permitting application directly in iPSC-derived cells. Major Proposed Activities Prepare screening […]

IVD rejuvenation using iPSC-derived notochordal cells

Research Objective To identify a new therapeutic agent for disc regeneration using novel pluripotent stem cells and injectable beads that support differentiation and provide biomechanical strength. Impact If this study is successful, we will be able to bring completely new biologically and biomechanically relevant solution to degenerated intervertebral discs. Major Proposed Activities  To optimize stem […]

iPSC-Derived Smooth Muscle Progenitors for Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Research Objective To assess the therapeutic effect of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived smooth muscle progenitors (pSMCs) for treatment of abominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Impact Currently, there are no pharmacologic therapies for AAA. If successful, delivery of autologous pSMCs to the site of AAA will halt or reverse the progression towards a rupture-prone aneurysm. […]

Enhanced Branching Morphogenesis and Pluripotent Cell Lineage Differentiation for Pediatric Regenerative Therapies

Research Objective Approximately 20,000 babies are born annually with kidney disease; the long-term outcome is poor. These studies address new ways to develop mini-kidney structures for transplantation to induce repair. Impact ~85% of people on the organ waitlist are in need of a kidney and there are insufficient donors. There is a pressing need to […]

Optimizing self-renewal signaling kinetics to stabilize ex vivo hematopoietic stem cell expansion

Research Objective We aim to develop conditions for stable expansion of blood stem cells outside of the body Impact Blood stem cells are a rare but necessary cell type for curative bone marrow transplantation and related gene therapies. Stable blood stem cell expansion will increase therapy availability and success Major Proposed Activities Validate a fully […]