Krithika Rao

Adult cardiac stem/progenitor cells in homeostasis and tissue injury


I graduated with a master’s degree in Biotechnology from VIT University, India and completed my thesis research at the Moores Cancer Centre, UC San Diego in 2010. I entered the CMB Program in 2010 and have chosen to do my doctoral work with Dr. Jeffrey Spees.

Recent Publications

Rao KS, Aronshtam A, McElory-Yaggy KL, Bakondi B, VanBuren P, Sobel BE, Spees JL (2015) Human epicardial cell-conditioned medium contains HGF/IgG complexes that phosphorylate RYK and protect against vascular injury. Cardiovasc Res in press.

Miao T, Rao KS, Spees JL, Oldinski RA (2014) Osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells through alginate-graft-poly(ethylene glycol) microsphere-mediated intracellular growth factor delivery. J Control Release 192: 57-66.

Iso Y, Rao KS, Poole CN, Zaman AK, Curril I, Sobel BE, Kajstura J, Anversa P, Spees JL (2014) Priming with ligands secreted by human stromal progenitor cells promotes grafts of cardiac stem/progenitor cells after myocardial infarction. Stem Cells 32(3): 674-83.

View all Rao publications here.

Contact Info

Office: 160 CRF

Lab: 161 CRF


   Jeff Spees, Ph.D.

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