2010 Awardees

Investigator-Initiated Grant Awardees:


Dr. Curt Civin

University of Maryland, Baltimore

"Hematopoietic stem cell--enriched microRNAs in human stem cell differentiation and self-renewal"


Dr. Richard Eckert

University of Maryland, Baltimore in collaboration with Life Technologies, Inc.

"Efficient Derivation of Epidermis-Derived Multipotent Stem Cells using Zero Footprint Transduction Technology"


Dr. Yoon Young Jang

Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with Lonza Walkersville, Inc.

"Developing Safe and Effective Stem Cell Technology for Liver Disease Modeling and Therapy”


Dr. George Ricaurte

Johns Hopkins University

"Stem Cell Transplantation in Non-human Primates with Parkinsonism"


Dr. Piotr Walczak

Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with Q Therapeutics, Inc.

Exploratory Grant Awardees:


Dr. Dmitri Artemov

Johns Hopkins University

"Noninvasive Imaging of Stem Cell Homing and Viability”


Dr. Peter Calabresi

Johns Hopkins University

"Dissecting the Mechanism of Action of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis”


Dr. Yung-Nien Chang

Synaptic Research, LLC. in collaboration with JHU & University of Miami Lenard M. Miller School of Medicine

"Genetic Engineering the Clostridium difficile Toxin B (TcdB) as a Delivery Vehicle for Re-Programming Factors to Generate Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC)”


Dr. Ping Gao

Johns Hopkins University

"The role of c-Myc in Regulating miRNAs and Metabolic Genes in iPS Cells”


Dr. Warren Grayson

Johns Hopkins Universit

"Oxygen Tension as a Mediator of Vasculogenesis and Osteogenesis in Engineered Bone Constructs”


Dr. Ahmet Hoke

Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with Invitrogen Inc.

"Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Schwann Cells to Enhance Nerve Repair in a Model of Chronic Denervation”


Dr. Vassilis Koliatsos

Johns Hopkins University

"Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell as Models of Alzheimer’s Disease”


Dr. Tibor Kristian

University of Maryland, Baltimore

"Combinatorial RNAi Strategy for Neural Cell Replacement in the Postischemic Brain”


Dr. Min Li

Johns Hopkins University

"Small Organic Chemical Modulation of Human Cardiac Potassium Channels”


Dr. John McDonald

Hugo W. Moser Research Institute at Kennedy Krieger, Inc.

"Localized Growth Factor Effects on Myelination by hESC Derived Oligodendrocytes in a Novel Microfluidic Platform”


Dr. Alison Moliterno

Johns Hopkins University

"Defining The Molecular Basis of Aberrant Stem Cell Function in Primary Myelobrosis”


Dr. Maria Nurminskaya

University of Maryland, Baltimore

"Regulation of Stem Cell-Based Cartilage Bioengineering by Transglutaminase”


Dr. Akira Sawa

Johns Hopkins University

"Susceptibility to metabolic and Oxidative Stress in Neurons in Patients with Schizophrenia”


Dr. Kara Scheibner

University of Maryland, Baltimore

"miR-23a Cluster and miR-10a Regulation of Self-Renewal and Survival Pathways in Human Hematopoietic Stem-Progenitors Cells and Acute Leukemia Stem Cells”


Dr. Sameer Shah

University of Maryland, College Park

"Mechanical Influences on the Identity and Organization of Peripheral Neurons Differentiated from hESC-Derived Neural Rosettes”


Dr. Mark Williams

University of Maryland, Baltimore

"Disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells to investigate stem cell defects in Down Syndrome”


Dr. Rong-Ze Yang

University of Maryland, Baltimore

"Towards Generation of Insulin-producing Cells in Adipose Tissue by in situ Reprogramming”


Dr. Karen Zeller

Johns Hopkins University

"Characterization of Novel Sequence Motifs Important for Stem Cell Biology”


Dr. Jizhong Zou

Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with NIH/NIAID

"Targeted Gene correction of x-cgd Mutations in Patient-Specific iPS Cells”


Post - Doctoral Fellowship Grant Awardees:


Dr. Cheng-Hsuan Chiang

Johns Hopkins University

"Characterization of iPS Cell-Derived Neural Progenitors and Neurons from Psychiatric Patients with a DISC1 Mutation”


Dr. Kimberly Christian

Johns Hopkins University

"Understanding roles of Mecp2 in neural development using patient specific iPSCs”


Dr. Karen David

Johns Hopkins University

"The Hippo Pathway in Neuronal Stem Cell Maintenance and Tumorigenesis”


Dr. Yasue Horiuchi

Johns Hopkins University

"Alteration in gene expression in neurons derived from iPS cells from patients with Schizophrenia”


Dr. Xiasong Huang

Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with Advanced Cell Technology, Inc.

"Generation of Red Blood Cells from Patient-Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells”


Dr. Young Jin Lee

University of Maryland, Baltimore

"Evaluating the Role of Prion Protein in Self-renewal and Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Neuronal Regenerative Therapy”


Dr. Hua Liu

Johns Hopkins Universit in collaboration with Quality Biological, Inc.

"Towards Generation and Expansion of Clinical Grade Hepatic Cells from iPS Cells”


Dr. Il Minn

Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with Quality Biological, Inc.

"Leukemic Stem Cells and their Microenvironment”


Dr. Emily Potter

Johns Hopkins Universit

"Gliogenesis from Multipotent Precursor Cells; Identification of Novel Differentiation Factors”


Dr. Sivaprakash Ramalingam

Johns Hopkins University

"Targeted Addition of â-globin Gene at a Pre-Determined Locus in Human Stem Cells”


Dr. Anirudha Singh

Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with Pfizer Inc.

"Biomaterials to Direct Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation”


Dr. Peng Sun

Johns Hopkins University

"Influence of Microenviroment on Human Stem Cells Maintenance and Differentiation”


Dr. Brad Swelstad

Johns Hopkins University

"Identification and Isolation of Human Germline Progenitor Stem Cells in the Adult Ovary”


Dr. Zhenxing Wen

Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with Invitrogen Inc.

"Long-Term In Vivo Imaging Of Dopaminergic Neurons From Pd Patient-Derived Ips Cells”


Dr. Solomon Yap

University of Maryland, Baltimore

"Development And Hematopoietic Differentiation Of  Ccr5∆32+/+ Ipsc From Cord Blood Progenitors”


Dr. Chung Zhong

Johns Hopkins University

"Derivation and Functional Characterization of Neurons Derived from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells of Huntington’s Disease Patients”