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Dr. Peter Zandstra is the Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. His lab focuses on stem cell bioengineering, applying engineering design principles, computational modeling, and fundamental stem cell biology to study the mechanisms that control stem cell fate, and to develop technologies for the propagation of stem cells and their derivatives.

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The Stem Cell Science Round Up

AI Used to Predict Stem Cell Organization – Machine learning was used to predict and control the spatial organization of pluripotent stem cells.

Hypoxia Regulates Lymphoid Development – Scientists have found that low O2 levels promotes lymphoid development in hematopoietic progenitor cells.

Genetic Mutation Protects against Diabetes – Loss of function of a gene that encodes a zinc transporter protein has been found to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by enhancing insulin secretion from the pancreas.

Important Role for Rare Cells in Hematopoiesis – Investigators have identified the importance of a rare population of endothelial cells for controlling hematopoiesis and regeneration after irradiation.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Peter Zandstra