NYSTEM-Funded Discovery Fuels Research at Mount Sinai Lab and Beyond

Dr. Saghi Ghaffari, MD, PhD  Professor of Cell, Developmental & Regenerative Biology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Dr. Saghi Ghaffari received her first NYSTEM (New York Stem Cell Science Program) award in 2008, when she was working with embryonic stem cells to identify factors that might regulate the cells’ pluripotent properties (their ability… Read More

Physician-Scientist Uses Stem Cells to Research Incurable Cancer

Dimitris G. Placantonakis, MD, PhD NYU School of Medicine Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery Director Neurosurgical Laboratory for Stem Cell Research Dr. Dimitris G. Placantonakis is a physician-scientist—he both removes and researches a specific type of brain tumor, called low-grade gliomas. There are an estimated 20,000 cases of gliomas every year in the U.S., up… Read More

Stem Cell Researcher: Labs are Like a Small Business

Erika Bach, PhD NYU School of Medicine, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Stem cells are often considered the future of medicine, but much is still unknown about how they work. That’s why Dr. Erika Bach and her team are closely studying basic, universal properties of stem cells. They are working to identify the… Read More

NYSTEM Researcher Talks Diseases in a Petri Dish and Precision Medicine

Dr. Todd Evans, Ph.D. Weill Cornell Medicine Associate Dean for Research Peter I. Pressman, M.D. Professor in Surgery In 2017, Dr. Todd Evans and his colleagues published pioneering research on their development of the first-ever human tissue platform to test drugs for colon cancer. Using a “disease in a Petri dish” model derived from stem… Read More

NYSTEM-Funded Shared Facility a Boon for Western New York Researchers

In 2009, a $3.6 million grant by New York State Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM) established the Western New York Stem Cell Culture and Analysis Center at the University at Buffalo. The establishment of this shared-use research facility allows access to critical equipment used not only by medical school faculty, but researchers in pharmacology, biology, chemistry,… Read More

Breast Cancer Breakthroughs Across New York State

Breast cancer affects approximately 1 in 8 women in the U.S. In 2017, it’s estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers. While prognoses have improved in recent decades, thanks to advances in biomedical research leading to new and improved treatments, there remains work to be done. This work… Read More

Stem Cell Researcher Developing Treatment for Leading Cause of Blindness

Sally Temple, PhD Neural Stem Cell Institute, Scientific Director, Principal Investigator and Co-Founder; University at Albany, Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences; Albany Medical College, Professor of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics   Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness, affecting 1 in 5 people over the age of 75. As AMD progresses, patients… Read More

HIV Researcher Boosted by State-Funded Grant

Daniel Malamud, Ph.D., adjunct professor of medicine (infectious diseases) at NYU School of Medicine, professor of basic science at NYU College of Dentistry, and director of the HIV/AIDS Research Program (HARP) at NYU College of Dentistry, has dedicated his career to researching HIV. His recent research is on the development of a new rapid HIV… Read More

Researcher Examines Connection Between Thyroid Function & Heart Failure

Martin Gerdes, Ph.D. Professor, Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine What is your area of research? I’ve been doing translational research on heart failure for the past 35 years. My work has focused on the correlation between thyroid conditions and heart failure and exploring how extremely small doses of thyroid hormones… Read More

Pediatric Cancer Researcher Talks Increasing Survival Rates, Decreased Funding

Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D. ‌New York Medical College Chief, Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation‌ Director, Children and Adolescent Cancer and Blood Diseases Center Associate Chairman, Department of Pediatrics Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology and Cell Biology & Anatomy What is your area of research, and what discoveries have you made… Read More