Therapeutic/Technology: Technology


An interactive data resource for hypothesis testing in stem cell single-cell gene expression and validation of the results with brain organoids

Research Objective We are building a "virtual molecular microscope" where anyone can quickly visualize a very recent, high-throughput molecular assay, single-cell RNA-seq and spatial gene expression studies Impact Currently, a lot of data has been published, hundreds of datasets on the cerebral cortex alone, but it takes hours to convert the datasets and look at […]

Characterization and applications of human blastoids for understanding early human embryogenesis

Research Objective Our work will yield an improved stem-cell based embryo model that we will explore with various omics approaches and genetic screens to gain insights into the pathways that control human embryos. Impact An improved stem cell-based embryo model is a crucial step for in-depth studies of human development and will enhance our ability […]

Ex vivo fate mapping of human lung stem cell plasticity in fibrotic disease

Research Objective This proposal will design new models to study behavior that is specific to human lung stem cells, and screen for drugs that can target abnormal stem cells in fibrotic disease. Impact This study will generate potential new therapeutic approaches to fibrotic lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Major Proposed Activities Development of […]

Overcoming barriers for airway stem cell gene therapy for Cystic Fibrosis

Research Objective This research will allow the targeting of airway stem cells for long lived gene therapy for Cystic Fibrosis and for other airway diseases Impact We will overcome the barriers to accessing airway basal stem cells for gene correction for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and use a new gene correction strategy to correct >99% of […]

Modeling Retinitis Pigmentosa using patient-derived human iPSC organoids

Research Objective The objective of this proposal is to develop a human retinal organoid model of adRP to gain insights in pathogenesis and assess clinically relevant approaches to restore RHO protein function. Impact Upon successful completion of this study, we will have established a disease-in-a-dish model and a novel therapeutic approach towards management of the […]

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 […]

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