Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine – UTHealth

Phone 713.500.3429; Fax 713.500.2424

Brian R. Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor and DirectorQi Lin Cao, M.D., Associate Professor Charles S. Cox, Jr., M.D., Professor Radbod Darabi, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant ProfessorDong H. Kim, M.D., ProfessorMikhail G. Kolonin, Ph.D., Associate Professor Yong Li, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor Ying Liu, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor Nami McCarty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Naoki Nakayama,Ph.D., Associate Professor Laura A. Smith Callahan,Ph.D., Assistant Professor Pamela L. Wenzel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Jiaqian Wu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

About the Center

A major focus of contemporary medicine is the development of effective therapies for the restoration of human tissues and organs lost to diseases and trauma. Regenerative Medicine is a rapidly emerging field that stands at the intersection of a variety of rapidly developing scientific disciplines: stem cell biology, tissue engineering, biomaterials, molecular biology, immunology and transplantation biology and clinical research. Implicit in the successful design, implementation and application of regenerative medicine/tissue engineering approaches to the repair of a damaged tissue or organ is the reliance on the unique biological properties of stem cells.

The mission statement of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at the IMM is: To study the fundamental properties of stem cells and to translate their unique biological properties into novel cellular therapies for graft engineering and tissue regeneration for currently intractable disorders. While it is therefore implicit that any such program would span basic-translational-clinical research, it is essential that such an endeavour is ultimately underpinned by excellence in fundamental stem cell research. The Director of the Center, Dr. Brian R. Davis is currently in the process of recruiting a multidisciplinary faculty with the appropriate breadth of expertise, innovation and scientific rigour in the discipline of stem cell biology with the dual intention to promote the excellence and innovation of research within the Center and secondly to ensure the quality and appropriateness of stem cell based translational research initiatives emanating from the Center. In addition, the Center is also envisioned as an educational resource, which in the medium to long-term will be the basis for the development of an academic program in stem cell biology on campus. Moreover, by interfacing effectively with other programs and institutions within the UTHSC, the Center will also act as a focus to stimulate the development and implementation of novel cellular therapies for a range of diseases and disorders.

Some of the current areas of research in the Center are highlighted below:

Brian R. Davis, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine & Director, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Annie and Bob Graham Distinguished Chair in Stem Cell Biology Ph.D. ~ California Institute of Technology / Pasadena, California

Qi Lin Cao,M.D. Associate Professor, The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery & Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine M.D.~ Hunan Medical University / Hunan, China

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