Research and Participating Labs

Participating UCSF laboratories are drawn from a large variety of departments, and campus-wide discovery/translational/clinical science programs spanning a spectrum of disciplines including stem cell biology, developmental biology, gene therapy, cell engineering, tissue engineering, synthetic biology, systems biology, immunology, translation, clinical trials and more.

Nadav Ahituv, PhD
Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
Gene regulation and human disease
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Tamara Alliston, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mechanobiology of stem cell differentiation in the skeleton
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Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Neurological Surgery
Adult Neurogenesis and Neuronal Replacement
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Mark Anderson, MD, PhD
Professor, Diabetes Center
Immune tolerance, stem cell differentiation to thymic epithelium
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Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Urology
Pluripotent Stem Cells, Cancer, and Anti-tumor Immunity
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Jeffrey Bush, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Cell and Tissue Biology
Cell fate/morphogenesis in craniofacial and foregut development
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Alice Chan, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Molecular pathways involved in thymic development
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Pao-Tien Chuang, MD, PhD
Professor, Cardiovascular Research Institute
Molecular mechanisms of alveolar formation and maintenance
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Morton Cowan, MD
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Gene therapy/hematopoietic stem cells
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Elizabeth Crouch, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
How vascular stem cells build the human brain
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Jason Cyster, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
Immune cell development, migration, self-nonself discrimination
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Graeme Davis, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Mechanisms of Cellular Homeostasis in Development and Disease
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Tejal Desai, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
Encapsulation approaches and engineered niches for stem cells
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Tobias Deuse, MD
Professor, Dept. of Surgery
Stem cell immunology and development of immune-evasive cells
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Morna Dorsey, MD, MMSc
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Gene insertion therapy for inborn errors of immunity
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Faranak Fattahi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Disease modeling and drug discovery using human PSCs
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Donna Ferriero, MD, MS
Professor, Dept. of Neurology
Mechanisms of neonatal brain injury
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Susan Fisher, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Human Developmental Biology, Pregnancy and Mass Spectrometry
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Karin Gaensler, MD
Professor, Dept. of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology)
Immunotherapy against leukemia stem cells/ HSC transplantation
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Zev Gartner, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Molecular/mechanical processes governing tissue organization
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Stephen Gitelman, MD
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Type 1 diabetes: natural history, prevention, and beta cells
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Su Guo, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
Regulation of neural stem cell division and fate
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Matthias Hebrok, PhD
Professor, Diabetes Center
Modeling diabetes and pancreatic cancer using hPSCs
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Edward Hsiao, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Hormone Signaling in Mesenchymal Tissue Formation
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Eric Huang, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Pathology
Angiogenesis and neurogenesis in prenatal human brain
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Guo Huang, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology
Molecular control of heart regeneration
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Leanne Jones, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Anatomy
Mechanisms regulating stem cell behavior and their aging
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Martin Kampmann, PhD
Associate Professor, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Therapeutic strategies for neurodegenerative diseases
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Ophir Klein, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Orofacial Sciences
Renewal of oral and gastrointestinal epithelia
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Sarah Knox, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Cell and Tissue Biology
Neuronal control of stem cells in glandular organs and cornea
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Scott Kogan, MD
Professor, Dept. of Laboratory Medicine
Hematopoietic Stem Cells: host defense and leukemia
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Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Neurology
Neural stem cells and brain development
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Matthew Krummel, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Pathology
Dynamics of Immune Responses and Tumor Surveillance
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Diana Laird, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Development, environmental regulation and aging of germ cells
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Deepak Lamba, MBBS, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology
Stem Cell-based Approaches to Retinal Repair
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Jingjing Li, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology
Developing deep learning frameworks for single-cell analysis
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Daniel Lim, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Neurological Surgery
Epigenetic regulation of neural stem cells
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Wendell Lim, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Synthetic approaches for controlling stem cell differentiation
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Mignon Loh, MD
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Modeling juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia using hPSCs
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Jeffrey Lotz, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
Musculoskeletal Tissue Regeneration
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Tippi MacKenzie, MD
Professor, Dept. of Surgery
In utero stem cell transplantation and gene therapy
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Jacquelyn Maher, MD
Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Study of nonalcoholic fatty liver using patient-derived iPSCs
Profile at UCSF Cancer Center | UCSF Profile

Ralph Marcucio, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
Morphogenesis of the Skull and Bone Healing after Trauma
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Alexander Marson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Programming Cell Therapies with CRISPR
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Michael Matthay, MD
Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Allogeneic Mesenchymal stromal cells for ARDS
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Michael McManus, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
Gene regulation and human disease
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Anna Molofsky, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Neuroimmune signaling in brain development and regeneration
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Amy Murtha, MD
Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Preventing premature birth
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Tomasz Nowakowski, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anatomy
Neural stem cells and brain development
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Todd Nystul, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Anatomy
Mechanisms of cell fate in adult epithelial stem cell lineages
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Georgia Panagiotakos, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Activity-dependent mechanisms in brain development and disease
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Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurology
Changes in Neural Stem Cells in the Early Postnatal Cortex
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Xianhua Piao, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Neurogenesis of the ganglionic eminence
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Samuel Pleasure, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Neurology
Morphogenic control of neural stem cells in the dentate gyrus
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Alex Pollen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology
Genetic and Developmental Control of Human Brain Specializations
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Jason Pomerantz, MD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery
Regeneration Biology in Reconstructive and Craniofacial Medicine
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Jennifer Puck, MD
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Human primary immune disorders and gene therapy
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Aleks Rajkovic, MD, PhD
Professor, Depts. of Pathology and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Genetics of reproductive tract development
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Jeremy Reiter, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics
How cilia signal to control mammalian development
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Shuvo Roy, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
Implantable Stem Cell Therapeutics Delivery System
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John Rubenstein, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Transcriptional control of forebrain cell fate
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Bjoern Schwer, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurological Surgery
Genome maintenance in development, cancer and aging of the brain
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Licia Selleri, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Orofacial Sciences and Anatomy
Modeling craniofacial birth defects affecting the neural crest
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Kevin Shannon, MD
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Targeting Aberrant Ras Signaling in Cancer
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Yin Shen, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurology
Functional genomics in development and diseases
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Julie Sneddon, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cell and Tissue Biology
Stem cell-derived pancreatic islets as a cell therapy
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Matthew Springer, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Paracrine effects of cell therapy for cardiac disease
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Qizhi Tang, PhD
Professor, Diabetes Center
Regulatory T cell control of diabetes and transplant rejection
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Thea Tlsty, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Pathology
Molecular pathways modulating cell plasticity in cancer
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Aaron Tward, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology
Squamous epithelial physiology, regeneration, and cancer
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Saul Villeda, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anatomy
Mechanisms of Brain Aging and Rejuvenation
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Daniel Wagner, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Stem cell mediated correction of patterning defects in embryos
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Mark Walters, MD
Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
Allogeneic HCT, gene editing/therapy for hemoglobin disorders
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Bruce Wang, MD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine (Gastroenterology)
Role of Wnt signaling in regulating liver stem cells
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Valerie Weaver, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Surgery
Tissue tension regulation of stem cell fat
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William Weiss, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Neurology
Mouse models for neural cancers
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Holger Willenbring, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Surgery
Liver regeneration using cell and gene therapy approaches
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