August 8, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: March 2011

5 min read

For many of us in the biomedical research field, we have always wanted to be a professor and run our own research lab. For some it is fair to say that that goal is really a passion, a dream. However, to achieve that end sometimes seems like a mindboggling maze of a task. First, there is graduate school, then doing at least one postdoc, and then comes the biggest hurdle of all: getting an academic job. How does one go about doing that? The …Read More

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkSaAhbceBk How we choose or heroes, our Supermen and Superwomen, says a lot about who we are. There’s a scene (above) in one of the Superman movies, starring Christopher Reeve, where Lex Luther puts a Kryptonite necklace on Superman. Superman is powerless around Kryptonite and collapses to the ground.  I always remember that scene because I never could understand why Kryptonite had the ability to bring the powerful Superman, one of my heroes as a kid, down and take away his power. Of course …Read More

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  The tragic 9.0 earthquake and tsunamis that hit Japan a few weeks ago are having lasting consequences not only for Japan, but also for the world via radiation. One area of particular concern is the radiation that has leaked and is continuing to leak from the damaged nuclear reactors. At this point, the radiation has probably circled the globe and the leaks show no sign of stopping. Highly radioactive materials have contaminated the air, the ocean, and the soil. The contamination is at …Read More

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Before stem cell research was on everyone’s minds and before the phrase “regenerative medicine” was familiar to most scientists, The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999 funded research into treating paralysis. It was a revolutionary piece of legislation, named after my friend Roman Reed, a true hero.  Roman was playing college football when he got a spinal cord injury. Roman and his dad, Don C. Reed, are responsible for much of the progress that has been made in stem cell research …Read More