Stem Cell Biology and Stem Cell Therapy

Karen Aboody, M.D. 
Dr. Aboody, Professor at the Department of Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, received her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. A major research focus of her laboratory is to modify and develop human neural stem cells into a novel therapeutic vehicle for delivering different cancer therapeutic agents to tumor sites in animal models.
 
Michael Barish, Ph.D. 
Dr. Barish, Chair of the Department of Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, received his PhD from Stanford University. His team is using large-field imaging techniques to visualize tumor initiating cells in patient-derived tumor xenografts, and the spatial relationships of migrating tumor cells and the sites of proliferation and engraftment. 
 
Angelo Cardoso, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Cardoso, Research Professor of Center for Gene Therapy, received his MD and PhD from Porto University and University of Paris XI Medical School, respectively.  He studies how oncogenic signals interact with micro-environmental cues in an attempt to develop novel inhibitors targeting high-risk and refractory relapsed pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
 
Qiang Lu, Ph.D.
Dr. Lu, Professor at the Department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, received his PhD from University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Lu's research is directed at understanding how neural stem cells decide to maintain their stemness or differentiate with the ultimate goal directed at developing treatments for brain cancers.
 
Paul Salvaterra, Ph.D. 
Dr. Salvaterra, Professor at the Department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, received his PhD from State University of New York, Buffalo.  Dr. Salvaterra's research is directed at understanding the genetic determinants that affect neuronal cell fate and neurotransmitter phenotypes as a means of studying neurodegenerative diseases.
 
Yanhong Shi, Ph.D. 
Dr. Shi, Professor at the Department of Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, received her PhD from Northwestern University. Her laboratory focuses on characterizing the role of the nuclear receptor TLX signaling in neural stem cell self-renewal and differentiation for developing new treatment against neurological disorders.