Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Ph.D., a Professor at the Gene Expression Laboratories at the Salk Institute, in La Jolla, California, is a main catalyzer in one of today’s most promising areas of biomedicine: regenerative medicine. His scientific interest lies in the search of molecules and gene/cell treatments that may help to prevent and treat diseases affecting mankind both in the adult and embryonic stages, as well as in the pursue of methodologies to induce endogenous in vivo regenerative responses that may allow for tissue and organ regeneration.
Some recent observations from his research group include the discoveries towards understanding the molecular basis underlying somatic cell reprogramming and methodologies both in vitro and in vivo for the differentiation of human stem cells into various cells types and organoids. Development of novel stem cell models of human aging and aging-associated diseases, and discovery of new drivers of aging. Novel genetic and epigenetic technologies to both treat, and prevent the transmission, of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA originated diseases..
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