SCRP Principal Investigators

Su-Chun Zhang, MD, PhD
Su-Chun Zhang, MD, PhD is a professor of neuroscience, directs the new induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPS) Core at the Waisman Center. The Core's streamlined production of iPS cells allows investigators to focus their time and resources on the actual application and use of iPS cells in their research.
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Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD, is a senior scientist at the Waisman Center and she is the co-director the induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPS) Core. She uses human stem cells to gain insight into early brain development in Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome. Using neural stem cells with trisomy 21 or the Fragile X mutation, she studies the development of the cerebral cortex.
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Qiang Chang, PhD
Qiang Chang, PhD, is an associate professor of Genetics and Neurology. His research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanism of Rett syndrome, a debilitating neurodengerative developmental disorder, and DNA methylation dependent epigenetic regulation of mammalian brain development and function.
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Erik W Dent  Erik W Dent, PhD is an associate professor of Neuroscience. He is interested in understanding how the central nervous system (CNS) develops and functions at the cellular level. The Dent lab studies cytoskeletal dynamics in huamn iPSC derived neurons.
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David Gamm, MD, PhD David Gamm, MD, PhD, is director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute and an associate professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. His research investigates the use of iPS cells to develop stem cell treatments for people with degenerative eye diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa (including Usher syndrome) and age-related macular degeneration.
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Timothy Gomez, PhD  Timothy Gomez, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience. His lab is studying the development of human forebrain, motoneuron and RGCs using neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).  In addition, he is using iPSCs derived from human patients with various autism spectrum disorders. We hope to understand how local protein synthesis control axon guidance in human neurons and what roles do autism related genes such as FMRP and TSC have in the control of local protein synthesis downstream of axon guidance cues.
Masatoshi Suzuki, VMD, PhD
Masatoshi Suzuki, VMD, PhD is an assistant professor in the department of Comparative Biosciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine.  His research is focused on the application of stem cells to developmental modeling and cell-based therapy for neuromuscular diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and muscular dystrophy.
Xinyu Zhao, PhD
Xinyu Zhao, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate neural stem cells and neurodevelopment with the goal of applying this knowledge in the treatment of neurological disorders and injuries.
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