Human and domestic livestock stem cells offer a unique opportunity to study developmental biology, serve as a resource to screen for harmful toxins or life saving drugs or even regenerative therapies for a number of diseases. The benefits of animal stem cells are far reaching, from treating race horse bone and cartilage damage to pig stem cells to treat diabetes in humans. Our platform technology will launch genetic progress in agricultural, veterinary and biomedical industries. It will enable farmers to have access to the best genetics faster than is currently possible with traditional animal breeding. Stem cells have great potential for finding restoring damaged tissues throughout the body and speeding the drug discovery process. We are developing a combined approach of both the cells needed to restore the damaged area and using these cells in a Petri dish to discover new compounds to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Another current research area focuses on the molecular mechanisms that cause meiotic differentiation of stem cell derived germ cells (sperm and eggs) and the use of pig induced pluripotent stem cells as a model for regenerative cell therapies.
ADS Researchers at the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center
Associate Professor, RBC
Assistant Professor of Regenerative Medicine
Assistant Professor, RBC