We are proud to announce that Ya-Chieh Hsu, PhD, has been selected by the Pew Charitable Trust to receive an early-career award that will fund her research for the next four years. Hsu joined the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard as an assistant professor in 2014, at which time she also became Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Her research is focused on uncovering the function and potential of transit-amplifying skin cells, which play a key role in tissue development, regeneration, and are especially sensitive to chemotherapy drugs. Understanding the role these cells play in skin regeneration could lead to the development of therapies that alleviate or prevent some of the side effects of chemotherapy, such as hair loss and compromised wound healing.
We have asked Hsu to share her impressions upon receiving the award.
In May, 2017, the service-based gig economy is coming to a lab near you - a paradigm shift that will get its start in Boston's thriving biopharmaceutical ecosystem. As the pool of academic tenure-track positions shrinks, federal research dollars tighten, and pharmaceutical companies and investment firms seek to be more nimble in developing products, a solution is being offered through a platform called LabMate.
Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) invites applications for seed grant funding for its 2017 cycle. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for innovative projects in the field of stem cell and regenerative biology. As was the case last year, HSCI strongly encourages proposals with a translational focus, or which are otherwise poised to accelerate the development of new stem cell-based therapies or cures. However, proposals at all stages of development are welcome. HSCI intends to award up to ten grants in response to this request for proposals, contingent upon the number and Read more about Request for Proposals: HSCI Seed Grant Program 2017
Scientists identify a key barrier to proliferation of inuslin-producing cells
If you become resistant to insulin, a condition that is a precursor to type 2 diabetes, your body tries to compensate by producing more of the “beta” cells in the pancreas that produce the critical hormone. Researchers have long sought to understand why these cells often fail to proliferate in people who go on to develop the disease. Studying both humans and mice, scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center now have pinpointed one key biological mechanism that can prevent the Read more about Helping beta cells divide
Newly formed cochlear hair cells contain intricate hair bundles with many stereocilia (critical for sensing sound) and other components that are critical for proper function and neural transmission. Photo courtesy of Will McLean