Project Objective: Research Insights

Generation of human airway stem cells by direct transcriptional reprogramming for disease modeling and regeneration

Research Objective We will generate human airway stem cells by direct transcriptional reprogramming of fibroblasts. We will use these induced airway stem cells to model motile cilia disease in a dish. Impact Generating airway stem cells through reprogramming will create a scalable and editable cell line from which we can derive airway epithelium, thus enabling […]

An exosome-based translational strategy to mitigate Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology

Research Objective These studies will determine whether stem cell derived exosomes (nano-scale vesicles) can be used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Impact Our stem cell-derived exosome therapy will provide a viable approach to ameliorate the relentless progression of AD that severely impacts quality of life for millions of patients and their families. […]

Reprogramming human stem cells for blood cell generation

Research Objective To create a universal donor blood cell line that can be used to produce human red blood cells for transplantation. Impact Successful completion of this work would create a safe, unrestricted source of universal donor human blood cells that could be used to improve healthcare and save lives throughout the world. Major Proposed […]

Prodrug innovation to target muscle stem cells and enhance muscle regeneration

Research Objective To target therapeutics to muscle stem cells, the building blocks of skeletal muscle. Impact Drugs, genes and gene editing strategies can be delivered directly to muscle stem cells to alleviate disease. Major Proposed Activities Synthetic peptides based on the ectodomains of Myomaker will be synthesized, with a fluorophore conjugated for tracking. Alternatively, anti-Myomaker […]

Generation of expandable, self-renewing muscle stem cells for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Research Objective The goal of this proposal is to define protocols to generate expandable, self-renewing human muscle stem cells (MuSC) from hiPS cells for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy disease modeling and therapeutics. Impact The integration of STAT3i with current approaches to derive myogenic cells from hiPS cells would enable the generation of self-renewing MuSC that are […]

A Novel Tissue Engineering Technique to Repair Degenerated Retina

Research Objective Transplantation of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) derived retina organoids (hESC-RO) together with hESC derived retinal pigment epithelium (hESC-RPE) to treat advanced retinal degeneration diseases Impact Based on the ‘proof of concept’ experiments in animal models, this novel approach can be translated into a therapeutic product for the treatment of advanced human retinal […]

Modulating Liver Sinusoidal Endothelial Cell Permeability to Enhance Engraftment of Endothelial Cell Progenitors for the Treatment of Hemophilia A

Research Objective We aim to demonstrate that regulators of endothelial cell permeability can foster engraftment of endothelial cell progenitors in the liver sinusoids leading to production of Factor VIII. Impact Our work would provide conceptual proof that a cell based therapy for hemophilia A is possible and should be pursued. Major Proposed Activities Demonstrate that […]

Developing a personalized approach to beta cell replacement for patients with a genetic form of diabetes

Research Objective To correct a gene mutation in a patient's stem cells and produce functional replacement cells for the patient to cure their diabetes. Impact WE expect that this project can serve as a model for developing new treatments for patients with certain forms of genetic diabetes. Major Proposed Activities To understand how the patient's […]

Embryonic Stem Cells for Corneal Endothelial Degeneration

Research Objective The proposed studies will determine the optimal approaches to differentiate and transplant stem cell-derived corneal endothelial cells. Impact These data will provide foundational proof-of-concept data that will allow the rapid advance of a cell therapy towards clinical application. Major Proposed Activities Determine optimal conditions to generate human corneal endothelial cells from human stem […]

Identification of stem cell surface markers as potential therapeutic targets for advanced prostate cancer

Research Objective The goal of this proposal is to identify proteins found on the surface of both human prostate stem cells and cancer cells that could be used as potential targets for treating advanced prostate cancer. Impact There is no cure for advanced prostate cancer. This combined with the success of treating other cancers by […]