Adult Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
The Spees Lab explores the amazing ability of adult stem cells to repair tissues both ex vivo and in vivo. We are currently characterizing different sub-populations of adult non-hematopoietic stem cells and their potential to ameliorate cardiac and neural tissue injury through cellular differentiation, cell fusion, and growth factor/cytokine secretion.
With collaborators in the Center for Gene Therapy, Tulane University, we recently discovered a new mode of tissue repair: mitochondrial transfer from adult stem cells to cells with non-functional mitochondria. We are currently testing the repair of damaged cardiac myocytes by mito- transfer.
Department of Medicine
Office: T113 Colch Res Facility
Lab: T113 Colch Res Facility
Krithika Rao, CMB Student
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