Blau wins grant from state stem cell agency

Helen Blau

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine on Dec. 10 awarded $949,608 to Helen Blau, PhD, the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Professor of Pharmacology, in the agency's latest round of grants, dedicated to developing new stem cell research techniques.

Blau's grant is to improve the ability to observe and direct how stem cells grow and change into other cell types. Her lab will study mouse muscle stem cells isolated in "microwells" and characterize how they change when exposed to various factors. It will also monitor changes in the cells with a bioluminescent marker she developed. The goal is to develop new tools for characterizing these cells.

With this grant from CIRM, Stanford has thus far received about $95 million from the state agency, more than any other single institution.