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Tanja Dominko  

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Name: Tanja Dominko, PhD
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Biology and Biotechnology

With one of the first NIH EUREKA Awards, Dominko is exploring ways to turn adult skin cells into stem-like cells to replace tissue lost to injury or degenerative diseases.
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“ If we are successful, this study will produce a significant breakthrough that could establish the basis for a practical and safe technology for cell therapy. ”

Tanja Dominko, PhD

Tanja Dominko, associate professor of biology and biotechnology, has been working for several years on a federally funded research program exploring new ways to help people regenerate tissue--perhaps even digits and limbs.

She is currently principal investigator on a project aimed at developing a novel way of transforming adult skin cells into stem-like cells. Funded by a three-year, $900,000 EUREKA award from the National Institutes of Health, the research could result in a relatively simple and straightforward method for replacing tissue lost to injury, for growing new organs, and for curing degenerative diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s.

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