Researcher Seeks to Turn Stem Cells into Blood Vessels

Stem cells possess the potential to become any type tissue. This quality makes them ideal tools for possible therapeutic applications to treat or even cure many kinds of human suffering. Sharon Gerecht, affiliated faculty member of Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) and assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is using nanoengineered surfaces adorned with chemical cues, among other methods, to direct stem cells to differentiate into blood vessels. She also serves as a faculty mentor to students in INBT’s graduate training programs, postdoctoral program in Nanotechnology for Cancer Medicine, and the International Research Experience for Students. Read a recent faculty profile published by the Johns Hopkins Office of News and Information here: http://www.jhu.edu/news_info/news/home09/feb09/gerecht.html

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