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Priye Iworima is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia. Her project is focused on developing and optimizing a differentiation protocol for generating insulin-producing cells derived from stem cells that could be used as a potential therapy for type 1 diabetes. She is also working on optimizing process parameters to facilitate the large scale manufacturing of the cells.

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The Stem Cell Science Round Up

Live Imaging of Stem Cells – For the first time, hematopoietic stem cells have been visualized in their native niche, without need for transplantation.

Parkinson’s May Start before Birth – Using an iPSC-derived model of young-onset Parkinson’s, investigators have identified a molecular signature of the disease and a possible therapeutic target.

Researchers Build a Better Lung Model – Researchers have used systems biology and machine learning to understand the development of hPSC-derived alveolar epithelial cells.

Not “Brains in a Dish” – Scientists have shown that cortical organoids do not develop distinctive cell types or organization, thereby failing to model human brain development.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Priye Iworima