Honors & Awards

  • EDGE Fellow, Stanford VPGE (2019-current)
  • Honorable Mentions, NSF GRFP (2019, 2021)
  • Hugh Scott Cameron Service Award, Rice University (2019)
  • National College Match Finalist, Questbridge (2015-2019)

All Publications

  • Environmental oxygen affects ex vivo growth and proliferation of mesenchymal progenitors by modulating mitogen-activated protein kinase and mammalian target of rapamycin signaling. Cytotherapy da Graca Cabreira, M., Wang, X., Critsinelis, A., Setegne, M., Lotfi, P., Wan, Y., Barrios, G., Mei, Z., Gee, A. P., Buja, L. M., Perin, E. 2022


    BACKGROUND AIMS: Stem and progenitor cells of hematopoietic and mesenchymal lineages reside in the bone marrow under low oxygen (O2) saturation. O2 levels used in ex vivo expansion of multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) affect proliferation, metabolism and differentiation.METHODS: Using cell-based assays and transcriptome and proteome data, the authors compared MSC cultures simultaneously grown under a conventional 19.95% O2 atmosphere or at 5% O2.RESULTS: In 5% O2, MSCs showed better proliferation and higher self-renewal ability, most probably sustained by enhanced signaling activity of mitogen-activated protein kinase and mammalian target of rapamycin pathways. Non-oxidative glycolysis-based energy metabolism supported growth and proliferation in 5% O2 cultures, whereas MSCs grown under 19.95% O2 also utilized oxidative phosphorylation. Cytoprotection mechanisms used by cells under 5% O2differed from 19.95% O2 suggesting differences in the triggers of cell stress between these two O2 conditions.CONCLUSIONS: Based on the potential benefits for the growth and metabolism of MSCs, the authors propose the use of 5% O2 for MSC culture.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jcyt.2022.06.005

    View details for PubMedID 36109320