Neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) have big therapeutic potential to treat neurological diseases and injuries due to their ability to provide trophic support to a damaged central nervous system (CNS) or differentiate into the major cell types of the CNS. We study characteristics of the cell membrane, the first interface between a cell and its environment, to understand how differentiation and fate potential is influenced, a process that is dependent on how a cell responds to external stimuli. Our goal is to either engineer a population of NSPCs or the environment we put them in to have the most beneficial response necessary for the repair and recovery of a damaged CNS.
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