“ 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.