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The New York Stem Cell Foundation awards fellowships to 7 innovative stem cell scientists
Date:6/6/2011

feel confident that this generation of stem cell researchers will help transform the field."

The 2011 Fellows:

Dilek Colak, PhD, working with Dr. Samie R. Jaffrey at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, is using stem cell models of Fragile X, the most frequently inherited form of mental retardation, to look for ways to "turn off' the gene that causes the disease.

Bi-Sen Ding, PhD, working with Dr. Shahin Rafii at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, is developing strategies to expand functional transplantable liver cells that could significantly increase the success of liver regeneration.

Tamar Hermesh, PhD, working with Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova at The Rockefeller University, is trying to understand the mechanisms through which the central nervous system develops immunity against diseases that infect the brain, such as herpes simplex encephalitis.

Ya-Chieh Hsu, PhD, working with Dr. Elaine Fuchs at The Rockefeller University, is investigating signaling pathways and other factors that control stem cell cycles, which are clinically significant in cancer and regenerative medicine.

Sara Huang, PhD, working with Dr. Hans Snoeck at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is using human stem cells to generate cells that can develop into functional lung tissue, which could eventually be used in lung regeneration.

Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD, working with Dr. Kevin Eggan at Harvard University, is using human stem cells that carry ALS-causing genes to develop models of the disease, which could lead to new therapies and treatments.

Giovanni Zito, PhD, working with Dr. Valentina Greco at Yale University, is investigating how stem cells regulate cancer, specifically skin cancer, and the signals and paths involved in regulation.


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Contact: Nadine Woloshin
nwoloshin@rubenstein.com
212-843-8041
New York Stem Cell Foundation
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