The Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Stem Biology was established in January 2005. The mission of this new center
is to establish a world-class, multidisciplinary research center
focusing on the basic biology of stem cells in animal models. The
center aims to provide a vital platform for studies of human stem
cell and their application to the treatment of a host of human diseases.
The study of stem cells stands to revolutionize the
practice of medicine. Stem cells have exceptional characteristics
that distinguish them from other types of cells. First, they are
unspecialized cells that renew themselves for long periods of time
through cell division. Secondly, under certain physiological or
experimental conditions, they can be induced to differentiate or
divide into cells with special functions, such as the beating cells
of the heart muscle or the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
The ultimate goal of the center is to be able to translate findings
from animal models to use in human stem cell biology, thus enabling
the design of advanced therapies for many diseases.
The Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology links scientists
and individual laboratory groups who are working in some of the
most exciting and promising areas of stem cell research. In addition
to a group of first-rate scientists already working on different
aspects of stem cell biology, the program is actively recruiting
new scientists. The program aims to cross departmental and programmatic
boundaries, with emphasis on programs in germ
cell biology, neurobiology, immunology,
Recruitment for the program is led by Ruth
Lehmann, Ph.D. and Dan
Littman, M.D., Ph.D..
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