Faculty members receive grants from state stem cell agency

Rosa Bacchetta
Rosa Bacchetta

Three researchers from the School of Medicine have been awarded grants by the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to promote the discovery of potential stem cell-based therapies.

The awards were made as part of the state stem cell agency’s Quest program, which funds the discovery phase of research expected to advance to the next stage of development within two years.

ROSA BACCHETTA, associate professor of pediatrics, was awarded $1.1 million to use a gene-editing technique to repair blood stem cells from patients with a rare but fatal genetic autoimmune disease called IPEX.

ROELAND NUSSE, professor of developmental biology, was awarded $1.7 million to investigate ways to grow liver stem cells in the laboratory while also maintaining their regenerative capacity. These cells could potentially be used to treat severe liver disease or to alleviate the shortage of donor organs.

MATTHEW PORTEUS, associate professor of pediatrics, was awarded $2.2 million to investigate ways to use gene editing to correct cystic fibrosis mutations in airway stem cells.

Read more on the School of Medicine news website.