Researcher Works to Repair Heart Damage with Stem Cell Type She Discovered

Several years ago, Dr. Hina Chaudhry, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discovered a new class of stem cells. The stem cells she identified originate in the placenta—making them easy to obtain—and have the ability to form functional heart and blood cells…. 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

Student Finds Resilience and Support Key in Journey to Med School

As a child growing up in Buffalo, Alexis Sykes developed an interest in medicine while spending time in hospitals visiting relatives and witnessing the important role doctors played. Along with medicine, she became interested in public health and research, developing a passion about how all these fields intersect. “I always thought of a physician as… 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

Einstein M.D./Ph.D. Student Pulls Others Up Behind Him

Dayle Hodge had been working as a biomedical engineer before deciding to pursue his dream of earning an M.D./Ph.D. But, upon enrolling at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he also discovered a calling to open doors to science careers for younger students of color. Hodge’s outreach mission was driven by his recognition of the advantages… Read More