Dr. Elaine Dzierzak from the Erasmus Stem Cell Institute of the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam (and University of Edinburgh beginning 1 October 2013) has been awarded an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). This award will support Dzierzak’s research on hematopoietic stem cells. Her lab has taken a developmental approach to provide insight into the growth and transcription factors essential for the embryonic development of these important adult stem cells. Dzierzak will use this knowledge within the ERC-project to attempt the de novo generation of hematopoietic stem cells in culture by the transdifferentiation of patient somatic cells. This research will contribute significantly to the progression of basic scientific insights towards clinical application.
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