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NYSCF announces 2010 NYSCF Investigators
Date:10/12/2010

rrent uncertainty surrounding federal funding of stem cell research has placed many scientists in a tenuous position," she continued. "During this time, The NYSCF Investigator Program provides critical funding to transform the field of stem cell research and find cures that have eluded scientists for decades. We are committed to making sure that stem cell researchers in the United States can pursue their work, unhindered by politics, for as long as it will take to find cures for the diseases that afflict those we love."

According to Ms. Solomon, the NYSCF Investigators were selected on the basis of a research proposal, research accomplishments, and references. Applicants were required to show true innovation for translation of basic science to a clinical setting.

NYSCF named four NYSCF-Robertson Investigators and two NYSCF-Helmsley Investigators, each of whom will receive up to $1.5 million over five years to create labs and cultivate research that will explore the potential of stem cells to advance the understanding and treatment of human disease. The NYSCF Robertson Investigators are:

  • Shuibing Chen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, where she is interested in manipulating stem cell fate, including self-renewal, differentiation and reprogramming, using chemical approaches. Dr. Chen plans to combine her knowledge of stem cell and chemical biology to build functional tissues or organs that can be used for replacement therapy and disease modeling of degenerative diseases such as diabetes. Dr. Chen received her BS and MS in Chemistry from Tsinghua University in China. She pursued her PhD under the advisement of Dr. Peter G. Schultz at the Scripps Research Institute. After graduation, she joined Dr. Melton's laboratory at Harvard to study the directed differnetiation of human embryonic stem cells toward pancreatic lineage.

  • Derrick Rossi, PhD, heads his ow
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Contact: Nadine Woloshin
nwoloshin@rubenstein.com
212-843-8041
New York Stem Cell Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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