Stem cell therapy holds enormous potential to treat a variety of devastating diseases, however their clinical efficiency has not been well-established. Our research aims to understand and ultimately control the fate of the transplanted stem cells in the body (i.e. where they go and what they do biologically and therapeutically), which will lead to more effective and safer clinical medicine. Furthermore, we are developing bioengineered tools including microfluidics, nanoparticles and aptamer sensors to tackle unmet challenges in disease diagnosis and global health.
Our laboratory is uniquely positioned at the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences which allows us to actively collaborate with outstanding biologists, clinicians, engineers and materials scientists to quickly translate our research findings and technologies to the clinic to benefit suffering patients. Our laboratory is located at the new Stem Cell Building which is equipped with multi-million dollar, state-of-art core facilities dedicated for training and research.