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Helen M. Blau
Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Professor, Director, Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology and Professor, by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsProf. Helen Blau's research area is regenerative medicine with a focus on stem cells. Her research on nuclear reprogramming and demonstrating the plasticity of cell fate using cell fusion is well known and her laboratory has also pioneered the design of biomaterials to mimic the in vivo microenvironment and direct stem cell fate. Current findings are leading to more efficient iPS generation, cell based therapies by dedifferentiation a la newts, and discovery of novel molecules and therapies.
Instructor, Microbiology & Immunology - Baxter Laboratory
BioAsuka Eguchi, PhD is an instructor working with Helen Blau, PhD at Stanford University. Her interests lie in understanding how cells sense and respond to genotoxic stress. Currently, she is developing therapeutic strategies to combat heart failure in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Dr. Eguchi received her BS in Biology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. As a graduate student, she developed an Artificial Transcription Factor library to interrogate transcriptional networks that control cell fate decisions under the mentorship of Aseem Ansari, PhD. During her postdoctoral research, she discovered that a telomere binding protein can rescue disease phenotypes of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in cardiomyocytes differentiated from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells. Dr. Eguchi is also developing gene therapies that address heart failure in Duchenne and Becker patients. She is a recipient of the Translational Research and Applied Medicine Award, the American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, and Muscular Dystrophy Association Development Grant.
Peter K. Jackson
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology (Baxter Labs) and of Pathology
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsCell cycle and cyclin control of DNA replication .