Media Mentions

November 2016

11/23/16 HSCI codirect David Scadden and HSCI Executive Committe Chair Len Zon used a multicolored cell-labeling technique to track blood stem cell development in behavior in two seperate studies. 
11/16/16 Magenta Therapeutics, a startup founded on the work of HSCI codirector David Scadden and HSCI Principal Faculty member Derrik Rossi with the goal of improving bone marrow transplants, recieved $48.5 million in Series A funding. 
11/08/2016 Joslin Diabetes Ceneter honored HSCI Principal Faculty member Gordon Weir as well as the daughters of HSCI postdoctoral fellow Quinn Peterson at its annual High Hopes Gala.


October 2016

10/20/2016 Non-profit organizations supporting research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy honor HSCI Principal Faculty Member Louis Kunkel at a charity event

10/15/16 A Sweet Life highlights the work of Doug Melton and the BAIRT program as presented at HSCI's HUB Week panel.

10/08/2016 Time covers HSCI Principal Faculty member Richard Lee's work understanding the relationship between fructose consumption/absorption and diabetes.  

September 2016

9/08/16 MIT News asked John Rinn, HSCI Principal Faculty member, for his expert opinion on the latest MIT research on lncRNA. 

9/2/16 HSCI Principal Faculty member Amar Sahay found a way to make memories stronger and more precise. 

Featured: SciCast, Science 2.0,

9/01/16 The Harvard Gazette highlights Paola Arlotta's work growing cerebral buds from iPS cells as one many exemplary innovative research projects on campus in an article about The Harvard Campaign.  

August 2016

8/17/2016 AllAfrica features HSCI Principal Faculty member Kornelia Polyak's work describing the mechanisms behind why women who give birth before 30 are less likely to develop breast cancer. 

8/12/16 MIT Technology Review profiled Doug Melton and detailed his work to find a cure for diabetes. The profile was reposted in Business Insider

8/9/16 Harvard University announced George Q. Daley, HSCI Executive Committee member, will be the next dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

Featured: International Business Times,  Boston Business Journal, STAT, Harvard Gazette, Harvard Magazine, The Harvard, Becker's Hospital Review, Modern Healthcare

July 2016

7/06/16 American Museum of Natural History profiles biotechnologist and entrepreneur Jeff Karp. 

June 2016

6/27/16 Bloomberg News examines the potential for growth of the regenerative medicine industry in the Japanese market, and HSCI Executive Director, Brock Reeve, provides insight to the state of the industry in the US. 

6/24/16 HSCI Co-Founder David Scadden comments in a STAT article on FDA-approved (through the "compassionate use" exemption) stem cell procedure given to a lung cancer patient. 

6/17/2016 HSCI Principal Faculty member George Murphy explains how cancer stem cells function within a tumor in a Science article.  

6/16/16  HSCI, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Center, and Semma Therapeutics announce an initiative, called the Boston Autologous Islet Regenerative Therapy program, to develop personalized cell-based therapies for patients with type 1 diabetes.

Featured: STATBoston Business JournalBoston Magazine


6/8/16 NPR profiles Kit Parker, HSCI Principal Faculty member, focusing on how his friendship with Army buddy Chris Moroski influenced his decision to start studying traumatic brain injury.  


6/7/16 HSCI Co-Director David Scadden uses antibodies, rather than the standard treatment of chemotherapy and radiation, in a new approach to make bone marrow transplant procedures safer and less/toxic. 

Featured: Harvard GazetteNews-Medical, Science Daily, ScicastsScienceCodexMedical XPress

6/6/16 Ole Isacson talks about Parkinson's disease risk factors, in the wake of Muhammad Ali's death. 


May 2016

5/27/16 Stuart Orkin writes about the economics of gene therapy development and the determination of cost and mark value in Science online.

5/11/16 The Melton Lab makes beta-producing cells from iPSCs derived from diabetic patients.

Featured: Scicasts, Science DailyBioscience TechnologyR&D MagazineIBC World News, The Free Press JournalWashington News Wire, Health Canal

5/11/16 A Tablet article about the science of aging highlights the work of HSCI Principal Faculty members Amy Wagers, Rich Lee and Lee Rubin, and HSCI Executive Director, Brock Reeve, provides context about the economic landscape of diseases of aging. 

5/10/16  Chad Cowan, HSCI Principal Faculty member, speaks to Medscape about the history of stem cells and the future of medicine.

5/6 In a CBS Boston special report, HSCI Co-Director David Scadden comments on the exploitative nature of stem cell clinics offering untested therapies.

April 2016

4/06/16  HSCI Principal faculty member Kornelia Polyak identifies a molecular marker in healthy breast tissue that may help doctors asses a woman's risk of getting breast cancer. 

Featured: Harvard GazetteTech Times, Science DailyR&D Magazine, Daily News and AnalysisScience CodexMedical XPress

4/01/16 Healio covers Doug Melton, HSCI founding co-director, speech at the Endocrine Society's 98th annual meeting about his hope to one day replace insulin injections with cell therapy for diabetics. 

March 2016

3/25/16  Les Silberstein, an HSCI Principal Faculty member, explained to Medical Daily why A/B blood types are rare.

3/16/15 HSCI Principal Faculty member Harald Ott grows a life-size, beating human heart from stem cells. 

Featured: Popular Science, Huffington Post, Albany Daily Star, Co.ExistScience Alert

February 2016

2/29/2016 George Q. Daley, HSCI Executive Committee member, questions the STAP process of making stem cells, effectively debunking the work. He describes that journey in a New Yorker article. 

2/05/16 As a guest on the Science Friday podcast, HSCI Executive Committee member George Q. Daley details the scientific, ethical, and legal aspects of the U.K.'s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority's decision to allow researchers to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing in human embryos. 


2/02/16  Jeffrey Macklis, HSCI Executive Committee member, finds a new drug target for Rett syndrome. 

Featured: Harvard Gazette, Science DailyNeuroscience News, Medical XPress, Drug Discovery and DevelopmentScicastsNeural Cell News

January 2016

1/29/16 HSCI Executive Committee member Len Zon watched cancer spread from the first affected cells through a live animal. The research could change the way scientists understand melanoma and other cancers. 

Featured: New York Times, The Scientist, STAT, Yahoo NewsGenetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, Bioscience Technology, Business Standard, Daily MailDaily Capital, Global PostDeccan Chronicle, New Vision UgandaTimes of India, The Japan TimesSciences et Avenir, RapplerMiddle East North Africa Financial NetworkTeletrece   

1/25/16 Collaborators at MIT created an encapsulation device that protects the stem-cell derived beta cells created in Doug Melton's lab from immune system attack in mice, bringing a treatment for diabetes one stem closer to the clinic.

Featured: CNBC, Fox NewsSTAT, Boston Business JournalNew York Post, Times Live, Gizmodo, GizmagTech Times, International Business TimesDaily Mail, Express, Inquisitr, St. Lucia Times, Deccan Chronicle, University HeraldBABW News, The Diabetes Times, Business Standard, Delhi Daily News, Daily News and Analysis India

1/1/16 Three independent research groups, including one lead by HSCI Principal Faculty member Amy Wager, used gene-editing techniques to find a treatment for mice with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. 

Featured: The New York Times, The Scientist, ScienceBBC News, Gizmodo, Genome Web, Medical Daily, Houston ChronicleSouth Texas News, West Texas NewsThe California Post, Global PostGenetic Literacy ProjectInsight Ticker, BT, Hexa News,

December 2015

12/14/15 Konrad Hochedlinger, HSCI Principal Faculty member, identified a gene that when suppressed helps cells lose their "memory," making them more susceptible to reprogramming into iPS cells. 

Featured: Science 2.0, GEN News, PhysOrgHNGN, Science CodexNewsWise


12/03/15  HSCI Principal Faculty member George Daley provides expert commentary about the moral and ethical quandary of using gene-editing in human cells. 

Featured: The New York TimesThe Scientist

November 2015

11/23/15 The Boston Globe photographs HSCI co-founder and co-director Doug Melton at the Joslin Diabetes Center's16th annual High Hopes Gala. Melton received a Global Achievement Award that night. 

11/19/15 HSCI co-founder and co-director David Scadden speaks with CBS Chicago about the lack of scientific evidence and literature backing stem cell clinics and treatment centers. 

11/19/15 Boston Business Journal publishes a Q&A with HSCI co-founder and co-director Doug Melton, who received a Global Achievement Award from Joslin Diabetes Center in recognition of his contributions to the field of diabetes research. 

11/04/15 HSCI Principal Faculty member Paola Arlotta  reprograms neurons by turning one type of neuron into another type, and then shows that the way the new type of neurons communicate with their neuron neighbors can also change. 

Featured: KurzweilAI NewsHarvard Gazette

October 2015

10/26/15 Work from HSCI researchers Konrad Hochedlinger and Peter Park compares embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells to find if they are "functionally equivalent."

Featured:, Bio EdgeGEN NewsScience, Science 2.0, The ScientistThe San Diego Union-TribuneThe Irish Times

10/26/15 Researchers, led by HSCI Principal Faculty member Joseph Bonventre, use genetically-engineered, mini-kidney  organdies to model genetic diseases. 

Featured: GEN News, News MedicalFuturity

10/18/15  HSCI researchers Joseph Bonventre, Albert Lam, and Todd Valerius create mature kidney structures from induced pluripotent stem cells. 

Featured: Bioscience Technology, News MedicalHarvard GazetteGizmodoLaboratory Equipment

10/01/15 In The Scientist, an article exploring adult humans' ability to generate new neurons features the work of HSCI Principal Faculty Amar Sahay.  



September 2015

09/28/15 European pharmaceutical company Roche Holding AG's collaborates with HSCI to screen for potential drugs to treat Autism. 

Featured: BloombergBusiness, Chicago Daily HeraldChicago Tribune

09/22/15 BBC News references HSCI Principal Faculty Member Harald Ott's work in an article about kidney regeneration. 

09/18/15 An article in the Boston Globe pictures HSCI Executive Director Brock Reeve, who sat on a panel about gene and cell therapies at the BioPharma America conference. 

09/02/15 An article published in the September issue of Discover Magazine features the work of HSCI Principal Faculty member Khalid Shah. 

09/02/15 A Fox News article about stem cell tourism references a paper written and a panel organized by the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in 2013. 

August 2015 

08/12/15 HSCI Principal Faculty member Jeff Karp invents a new hydrogel that targets inflamed tissue and delivers drugs for those with inflammatory bowel disease. 

Featured: BBC NewsHealthline News, Medical XpressHelio, FierceBiotech ResearchOnMedica 


08/11/15 CNN features HSCI Principal Faculty member Harald Ott's limb regeneration work. 

08/03/15 HSCI Principal Faculty member Olivier Pourquie's work generating muscle fibers to study muscular dystrophy is featured in Medical Daily.


08/01/15 In an article about nature-inspired bioengineering projects, The Scientist highlights the work of HSCI Principal Faculty member Jeff Karp. 


July 2015

07/31/15 An article in The Scientist features the work of HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Luk Vandenberghe, who resurrected the structure of ancient viruses to help improve gene therapy. 


June 2015

06/03/15 News articles feature the work of HSCI Principal Faculty member Harald Ott, who has "grown" and transplanted muscle and vascular cells in a rat. 

Featured: Washington Post, Forbes, Wired, New Scientist, Popular Science, Discover, Newsweek, International Business Times, Fox, Huffington Post UKBetaBoston, Boston Business Journal, The Verge, Gizmag, CNET, Ottowa Sun, Yahoo News


May 2015

05/17/15 HSCI Principal Faculty member George Q. Daley comments on the ethics of stem cell clinics.

Featured: The Seattle Times, Columbus Dispatch, San Jose Mercury NewsBoston Globe


05/01/15 In The Scientist article about the future of cardiac cell therapies, Richard Lee discusses the ratio of clinical trials to basic research papers produced by the field. 



April 2015

04/22/15 HSCI Principal Faculty member George Q. Daley responds to a controversial gene-editing study and furthers public conversation regarding the ethical and moral implications of gene-editing technology.

Featured: The New York Times, NPR, Smithsonian, Washington Post, Business InsiderThe Seattle Times,  WiredNew York Daily News, International Business Times


04/20/15 HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Xiaoliang Sunney Xie is awarded the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Biomedicine and Biomedical Research.  Xie shares the prize with Standford University's Karl Deisseroth. 




March 2015


03/25/15 AstraZeneca announces a five-year research collaboration with HSCI to study how beta cell function declines in diabetes.                                                                

Featured: Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessReutersFierceBiotechCambridge News, GENPharmaTimes

03/24/15 The Boston Globe features Semma Therapeutics, a new biotech company commercializing research from  HSCI Co-founder and Principal Faculty member Doug Melton's lab. The company has raised $44 million to begin developing insulin-secreting cell transplant therapies for patients with Type 1 diabetes. 

03/19/2015 HSCI Principal Faculty member George Q. Daley comments on the emerging social and ethical implications of gene-editing technology in The New York Times

03/13/15 A Science news feature about eye transplants mentions HSCI Principal Faculty member Zhigang He's work on optic nerve regeneration. 


February 2015

02/26/15 In The Scientist, the latest work in the lab of HSCI Principal Faculty Jeff Karp (Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School) has important implications for improving the efficacy of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) used in clinical trials. 

January 2015

01/21/15 Nature news feature on efforts to apply the findings of parabiotic research on mice to humans features HSCI Principal Faculty member Amy Wagers.

December 2014

12/17/14 An article in Bloomberg Business features HSCI Principal Faculty member Adam Cohen and his work studying neurons.

12/10/14 HSCI Principal Faculty member Alex Meissner is among a group of stem cell biologists studying mechanisms behind cellular reprogramming featured in Nature.

November 2014

11/23/14 2012 HSCI Internship Program participant Elliot Akama-Garren is the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship, MIT News announces.

11/10/14 The Greater Kashmir does a Q&A with HSCI Principal Faculty member Khalid Shah.

11/6/14 Boston ABC News Affiliate WCVB tells the story of HSCI and MIT researchers who are working together to find cures for muscle diseases.

11/6/14 HSCI Affiliate Faculty member Sangmi Chung shows that human stem cells can reduce seizures in epileptic mice.
Featured: CIRM's Stem Cellar, Epilepsy Research UK, Fox News, Harvard Medical School, QMI, Stem Cells Portal

11/6/14 HSCI Principal Faculty members Chad Cowan and Derrick Rossi collaborate to make the first CRISPR/Cas9 edits to human blood stem cells.
Featured: BCH Vector Blog, Bioscience Technology, FierceBiotechResearch, FIGO, Harvard Crimson, Harvard Gazette, iflscience, Quartz, TIME, Times of India

October 2014

10/24/14 HSCI Principal Faculty member Khalid Shah engineers toxin-secreting stem cells that kill brain cancer cells.
Featured: BBC News, BetaWired, CIRM Stem Cellar, Examiner, FierceBiotech Research, Fierce Drug Delivery, the Financialist, Gizmag, Greater Kashmir, iflscience, Independent, International Business Times, Johns Hopkins News-Letter, Medical Daily, Medical News Today, Mic, Newsy, NHS Choices, Popular Science, RT, Skeptics' Guide, Stem Cells Portal, Times of India, Voice of Russia, Youth Health Mag

10/15/14 The SCOPE blog highlights the collaborative work on epitranscriptomics between Stanford's Howard Chang and HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Cosmas Giallourakis.

10/11/14 Washington Post editorial argues that stem-cell research’s potential is worth supporting, in light of recent diabetes advance by HSCI Co-director Doug Melton.

10/9/14 HSCI Co-director Doug Melton announces that he can produce functioning, human insulin-producing beta cells from embryonic stem cells in the the kind of massive quantities needed for cell transplantation and pharmaceutical purposes.
Featured: A Sweet Life, Aftonbladet, ANI, AllAfrica, The Australian, BBC, Belfast Telegraph, BetaWired, Bloomberg Business Week, Boston Globe, Catholic Online, CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning: Saturday, CIRM's Stem Cellar, Counsel&Heal, Diabetes Insider,, diaTribe, FierceDrugDelivery, Harvard Crimson, Harvard Gazette, Harvard Magazine, Health24, HealthDay, i24News, Inquisitr, Irish Examiner, Maine News, Medical Daily, Medical News Today, Medscape, Mic, National Geographic, Nature News, Nature Reviews, NHS Choices, NPR, RawStory, RT,, Science, Science Alert, The Scientist, SiliconRepublic, SkyNews, Tech Times, TIME, Times of India, UK Guardian, UK Independent, UK Telegraph, UpRoxx, Utah People's Post, Washington Post, WBUR, WebMD UK

10/7/14 Stem Cell Assays, a blog that promotes rigorous responsible research on stem cells, analyzes a groundbreaking stem cell barcoding technology developed by HSCI Principal Faculty member Fernando Camargo. The full story is reported by Medical News Today and Hematology Times.

10/2/14 HSCI Principal Faculty member Yick Wah Fong comments in Chemical & Engineering News on Tufts University study looking at whether magnetic fields can affect cellular reprogramming.

September 2014

9/29/14 The Washington Post reports on the history of using blood transfusions to reverse the damage of age-related diseases. The GDF11 research of HSCI Executive Committee member Amy Wagers is featured.

9/25/14 The Japan News highlights HSCI's collaborative approach to stem cell science and the Institute's predominant influence on regenerative medicine. HSCI Executive Committee member George Daley is interviewed.

9/24/14 HSCI Cardiovascular Program Head Richard Lee comments in Chemical and Engineering News on a heart matrix nanogel developed by Emory University School of Medicine researchers.

9/15/14 The New York Times features the HSCI in an article about the trials of stem cell therapy. HSCI Co-director David Scadden and Principal Faculty member Kevin Eggan are quoted.

9/12/14 Science Magazine profiles HSCI Executive Committee member Amy Wagers and her work on rejuvenating factors in young blood.

9/11/14 HSCI Co-director David Scadden discovers that blood cancer cells cannot handle changes in metabolism as well as their normal stem cell counterparts, opening up a unique, non-toxic strategy to treat leukemia.
Featured: CIRM's Stem Cellar, Europa Pressiflscience, Harvard Gazette, Med IndiaMedical Daily

August 2014

8/18/14 Forbes asks the question, where will the #ALSIceBucketChallenge funds go? HSCI Principal Faculty member Kevin Eggan's ALS research is highlighted. MIT Technology Review also asks how ALS research can benefit from a flood of new funding.

8/6/14 HSCI Principal Faculty member Kevin Eggan identifies a clue for how ALS works, suggesting a new strategy for targeting the disease.
Featured: Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, DNA Science Blog, Harvard Gazette, MedPage Today

July 2014

7/30/14 2014 HSCI Internship Program participants featured in their community publications: California State University, Northridge, senior Caroline Arellano-Garcia in CSUN Today, the San Fernando Valley Sun, and Hispanic Business; Loughborough University engineering student Elizabeth Cheeseman in the EPSRC News; Harvard University senior Ernie Doherty in the Woburn Advocate and Woburn Patch; Cornell University senior Mike Fort in the Portsmouth Herald; Harvey Mudd College junior Max Frenkel in Harvey Mudd News; U. Mass. Lowell senior Richard Giadone in the Lowell Sun; Harvard University senior Stephanie Hadley in the Hopkinton Patch; University of Notre Dame senior Jonathan Jou in the Observer; Harvard University junior Kameron Kooshesh in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat; Harvard University senior Yanick Mulumba in the Lusaka Times and Open Zambia, Yale University junior Adam Pissaris in the Coral Springs Talk; Bucknell University junior Sophia Reeder in the 'ray Bucknell blog and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette; St. Olaf College senior Alexa Roemmich in St. Olaf News; Harvard University sophomore Jamasb Sayadi in the Orange County Register; and Carleton College junior Bing Shui in Carleton News.

7/21/14 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gets a comment from HSCI Principal Faculty member Derrik Rossi about a new method to turn stem cells into blood cells developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.

7/18/14 Constantina Christodoulou, a postdoc in the lab of HSCI Principal Faculty member Fernando Camargo is featured in the Famagusta Gazette and inCyprus for her part in a study on liver cell dedifferentiation.

7/17/14 HSCI Executive Committee member Carla Kim does a Q&A with the Boston Children's Hospital Technology & Innovation Development Office.

7/17/14 Science News for Kids features recent blood factor and aging studies, including that of HSCI Executive Committee member Lee Rubin.

7/15/14 The Harvard Gazette reports on a new tool developed by HSCI Principal Faculty member Adam Cohen that allows researchers to stimulate neurons and observe their signals in real time.

7/8/14 HSCI Executive Committee member George Daley comments in New Scientist on the case of a stem cell clinical trial that caused a nasal growth in a 28-year-old woman's back.

7/7/14 The July issue of Capital magazine discusses how discovery science is fueled increasingly, by donors. The article includes comments by HSCI Co-director David Scadden.

7/3/14 GEN explains how a 'buddy system' improves mesenchymal stem cell transplants, a discovery by HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Juan Melero-Martin. Article featured on the Boston Children's Hospital Vector blog and the CIRM blog.

7/2/14 HSCI Affiliated Faculty members Natasha Frank and Markus Frank find a way to purify limbal stem cells, an easily translatable discovery that may improve human corneal transplants.
Featured: BBC, Fox News, Harvard Gazette, Medical Daily, Medical News Today, NHS Choices, Optometry Today, RedOrbit,, TIME, Times of India, UK Daily Mail

June 2014

6/30/14 The Scientist includes the HSCI iPS Core facility in an article about the business challenges of induced pluripotent stem cell banks.

6/26/14 HSCI Executive Committee member Amy Wagers, PhD, talks to the Connecticut Post about healthy, and happy, aging.

6/22/14 The Courier-Journal reports on the increasing use of induced pluripotent stem cells and its impact on the embryonic stem cell debate, with input from HSCI Executive Committee member George Daley.

6/17/14 A Sweet Life speaks with HSCI Principal Faculty member Gordon Weir about the possibility of using islet cell transplants for type 2 diabetes.

6/17/14 A feature story on finding drugs for psychiatric illnesses in MIT Technology Review includes comments from HSCI Principal Faculty member Steve Hyman, who has helped lead the search since his time as director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

6/16/14 HSCI Co-director Doug Melton addresses the Harvard Management Company during a celebration of its 40th anniversary, reports the Harvard Gazette.

6/14/14 Simon Fraser University student newspaper The Peak profiles current HSCI Internship Program participant Jasleen Grewal.

6/12/14 Harvard Medical School does a personal Q&A with HSCI Executive Committee member George Daley.

6/10/14 HSCI Principal Faculty member Kiran Musunuru develops a “genome editing” approach for permanently reducing cholesterol levels in mice with a single injection.
Featured: UK BioNews, Bloomberg Business Week, domain-b, Harvard Gazette, Healthline, International Business Times, Medical Daily, Press Trust of India, ScienceWorldReport, the Scotsman, der Spiegel, Tech Times, TIME, UK Daily Mail, UK Telegraph

6/9/13 HSCI Executive Director Brock Reeve answers questions about scientific collaboration for the Methuselah Foundation.

6/5/14 Boston Children's Hospital Vector blog, iflscience and the UK Daily Mail cover discovery by HSCI Principal Faculty member Fernando Camargo of biological “switch” that reverts mature liver cells into stem cells.

6/4/14 The Boston Globe reports that four scientists emerge from local 'shark tank' as winners, including HSCI Kidney Program leader Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD, Principal Faculty member Jeff Karp, PhD, and Affiliated Faculty member Tracy Young-Pearse, PhD.

May 2014


5/29/14 The Harvard Gazette tells the story of how the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, initially just an idea, quickly became a generator of scientific discoveries. The magazine also highlights HSCI's recent GDF11 papers as 2013-14 milestones for the University.

5/28/14 Incoming HSCI Internship Program participant Jasleen Grewal, who will help conduct research at the Harvard School of Public Health under HSCI Principal Faculty member Winston Hide, is profiled by the Link Newspaper.

5/28/14 The Harvard Gazette covers the Star Family Challenge awards, which funds work that would not otherwise be funded, but would have a large potential impact. HSCI Principal Faculty member Richard Lee was one of the recipients and HSCI Co-director Doug Melton chairs the award committee.

5/21/14 GEN explores the many ways scientists are building bioficial organs, including mention of HSCI Principal Faculty members Kevin Kit Parker and William Pu's work modeling "heart disease-on-a-chip."

5/16/14 HSCI Principal Faculty member Khalid Shah finds that encapsulating oncolytic herpes virus-filled stem cells in a biocompatible gel improves their effectiveness against brain tumors.
Featured: Asian News International, Bioresearch Online, CIRM, FierceDrugDelivery, GEN, Journal of the National Cancer Institute's audio interviews, Lunatic Laboratories blog, Medical Daily, the Positive,

5/14/14 HSCI Principal Faculty member Kevin Eggan comes on the Stem Cell Podcast to talk about his latest work using stem cells to cure ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease.

5/11/14 A cross-Harvard collaboration including HSCI Principal Faculty members Kevin Kit Parker and William Pu leads to the first instance of human stem cells, from patients with Barth syndrome, being used to model 'heart disease-on-a-chip.'
Featured: Bioresearch Online, Boston Children's Hospital Vector Blog, CIRM, Digital Journal, FierceBiotech Research, Harvard Gazette, iflscience, Medical Daily, Popular Science, the Scientist

5/8/14 University of Notre Dame profiles junior biological sciences major and incoming 2014 HSCI Internship Program participant Jonathan Jou.  

5/8/14 The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine announces a UK-US collaboration with HSCI's Stembook to create a chapter on regenerative medicine manufacturing tools and technologies.

5/4/14 HSCI Executive Committee members Amy Wagers and Lee Rubin published two papers in Science showing that a protein called GDF11, found in both mice and humans, reverses signs of aging in the mouse brain and muscles.
Featured: AARP Blog, AlJazeera America (video), Associated Press, Atlantic Journal-Constitution, Boston Globe, CBC.caCBS News (video), CBS New York (video), Channel 4 News UK (video), CNN (video), Corante, the Daily Beast, Examiner (Hartford), Examiner (Seattle), ExtremeTech, FierceBiotech, Free Press Journal, Gawker, GEN, Gizmag, Gizmodo, Gothamist, the Guardian, Guardian Liberty Voice, h+ Magazine, Harvard Gazette, Headline & Global News, Here and Now, Huffington Post,, International Business Times, io9, Joslin Diabetes blog, Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell blog, LA Times, Medical Daily, MedPage Today, MIT Technology Review, Mod Vive, MotherBoard, National Geographic, National Post, NBC News, New Scientist, New York Times, Newsy (video),,, PolicyMic, Reuters, Salon, Science Now, the Scientist, Slate, Tech Times, the Telegraph, Times of India, United Press International, USA Today, the Verge, The Virginian-Pilot, Voice of America, Voice of Russia,, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, WBUR, the Week, the West Side Story,

April 2014


4/30/14 Bioscience Technology highlights recent papers showing that stress may naturally make stem cells of mature cells, including work by HSCI Principal Faculty member Jayaraj Rajagopal and Kidney Program Leader Benjamin Humphreys.

4/30/14 HSCI Cardiovascular Program Leader Richard Lee comments in the Seattle Times on the successful regeneration of heart muscle in monkeys by University of Washington researchers.

4/30/14 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Chief of Nephrology and HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Martin Pollak is elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

4/28/14 The Worcester Business Journal profiles Advanced Cell Technology, with comments from HSCI Executive Director Brock Reeve.

4/28/14 HSCI scientists are quoted about New York Stem Cell Foundation research in which stem cells were made by cloning two patients with type 1 diabetes. HSCI Co-director Doug Melton appears in NBC News and the Associated Press, and HSCI Executive Committee member George Daley appears in the Scientist.

4/27/14 The Greek daily To Vima profiles the ALS research being done by HSCI Principal Faculty member Kevin Eggan and Postdoctoral Fellow Evangelos Kiskinis. [In Greek]

4/24/14 The Harvard Gazette, CIRM, and der Spiegel feature work by HSCI Principal Faculty member Derrick Rossi on the creation of induced blood-forming stem cells in mice.

4/22/14 does a Q&A with Postdoctoral Fellow Evangelos Kiskinis, a member of the Eggan Lab, about his work on ALS. [In Greek]

4/18/14 HSCI Nervous Systems Diseases Program Co-leader Paola Arlotta and her team discover that myelin may be more complex than once thought, a find that is "likely to spark new concepts about how information is transmitted and integrated in the brain."
Featured: Galileo, Guardian, Guardian Liberty Voice, Harvard Gazette, Science Recorder, der Spiegel

4/14/14 2013 HSCI Internship Program participant and Juniata College senior Andrew Maul receives National Institutes of Health's Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award.

4/3/14 iPS cell-derived motor neurons from ALS patients point to a common problem among different forms of the disease. An FDA approved epilepsy drug addresses the problem in a dish, leading directly to clinical trials. The work was led by HSCI Principal Faculty member Kevin Eggan and Nervous System Diseases Program Co-leader Clifford Woolf.
Featured: BioNews-Texas, Boston Children's Hospital Vector Blog, Broad Institute, DNA Science Blog, CIRM, Harvard Gazette, ScienceWorldReport

4/1/14 Postdoctoral fellow Myron Ignatius who studies the childhood muscle cancer rhabdomyosarcoma in the lab of HSCI Principal Faculty member David Langenau is the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's featured researcher for April 2014.

March 2014

3/28/14 Oncology Nurse Advisor and MedIndia covers research by HSCI Principal Faculty David Langenau showing that a common mutation causes relapse of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

3/21/14 The Stem Cell Podcast interviews HSCI Executive Committee chair Leonard Zon about his work using zebrafish as a model to study cancer and melanoma.

3/21/14 A study image from HSCI Principal Faculty member David Langenau's lab was chosen as the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre's Biomedical Picture of the Day.

3/19/14 GEN examines HSCI Principal Faculty member Kevin Kit Parker's claim that “no standardized guidelines currently exist for the evaluation of stem cell-derived myocyte functionality."

3/19/14 University of Coimbra science podcast Caminhos da Investigação interviews HSCRB graduate student Leonardo Ferreira on stem cells and immunity. [In Portuguese]

3/13/14 Two incoming HSCI Internship Program participants are featured in their school publications: Jasleen Grewal at Simon Fraser University and Duy Nguyen at Central Piedmont Community College.

3/9/14 New Scientist reports on the first test to predict Alzheimer's disease years in advance with comments from HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Tracy Young-Pearse.

3/6/14 For the first time, standards to judge 'good' commercially available stem cells are developed by HSCI Principal Faculty member Kevin Kit Parker.
Featured: CIRM, GEN, Harvard Gazette

3/4/14 HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Tracy Young-Pearse shows how iPS cells from early-onset Alzheimer's patients can be used to learn more about the disease and test therapeutics.
Featured: Bioresearch Online, GEN, Harvard Crimson, Harvard Gazette

February 2014

2/24/14 HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Albert Edge sheds light on which cells specifically become new sound-sensing cells in mammalian hearing loss.
Featured: Boston Globe, Medical Daily, Science Now

2/19/14 The Harvard Gazette describes the surprising translation, discovered by HSCI Principal Faculty members Wolfram Goessling and Trista North, of basic liver regeneration research to acetaminophen overdose.

2/17/14 The Boston Globe talks to three HSCI scientists about recent advances and how Harvard has helped change the field of cell biology.

2/6/14 HSCI Executive Committee chair Leonard Zon weighs in on debate over new stem cell technique developed by Affiliated Faculty member Charles Vacanti in the Boston Globe.

2/2/14 HSCI Principal Faculty member Alexander Schier finds early developmental signal hidden among "non-coding" RNA, reports the Harvard Gazette.

January 2014

1/29/14 Harvard and Japanese researchers, including HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Charles Vacanti, develop a new technique that stresses mature cells to generate embryonic-like stem cells, called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells.
Featured: BioEdge, Boston Globe, CNN Health, Guardian, Independent, Japan Daily Press, Kyodo News, Los Angeles Times, Medical Daily, New York Times, Reuters, Sydney Morning Herald, The Blaze, USA Today

1/28/14 Research collaborators HSCI Executive Committee member Amy Wagers and Principal Faculty member Richard Lee comment on "what makes scientists tick" on the TechKnow blog, part of Al Jazeera America.

1/22/14 The Harvard Gazette tells the story of a collaboration between HSCI Principal Faculty members John Rinn and Paola Arlotta to find functional genes hidden among "junk" RNA.

1/12/14 MedpageToday speaks with HSCI Affiliated Faculty member Albert Lam about recent work generating kidney cells from stem cells.

1/9/14 GEN features work by HSCI Principal Faculty member John Rinn on the ‘unexpected complexity’ of the human transcriptome.

1/614 HSCI Blood Program Leader Daniel Tenen is interviewed by Oncology Central [subscription only].