BME Seminar Series: Melissa Kinney

Toward a Systems-Level Understanding of Stem Cell Fate

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Stem cell-derived organoids promise broad translational potential for applications ranging from drug screening to transplantation and regeneration. These complex, and often functional, tissue-like structures arise largely from endogenous patterning and …

Patient’s cells used to replicate dire developmental condition

The blood-brain barrier is biology’s proverbial double-edged sword.

An impermeable shield of endothelial cells that protects our brains from toxins and other threats that may lurk in circulating blood, the barrier can also exclude therapeutic drugs and, at times, essential …

Parsley and other plants lend form to human stem cell scaffolds

Borrowing from nature is an age-old theme in science. Form and function go hand-in-hand in the natural world and the structures created by plants and animals are only rarely improved on by humans.

Taking that lesson to heart, scientists at …

UW scientists find key cues to regulate bone-building cells

The prospect of regenerating bone lost to cancer or trauma is a step closer to the clinic as University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists have identified two proteins found in bone marrow as key regulators of the master cells responsible for making …

Startup harnesses stem cells for new medical uses

Stem Pharm Inc., a University of Wisconsin–Madison startup built on inventions related to the growth and control of stem cells, received a $290,000 grant Jan. 19 from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will support Stem Pharm’s continued development …

Focus on new faculty: Younghyun Kim keeps medical implants safe and secure

Implantable medical devices such as pacemakers are becoming smarter and smarter—and that gives physicians and patients unprecedented capabilities to track and monitor their health.

But the computational capabilities of implanted devices also leaves them vulnerable to malicious attacks—and in such …