August 7, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Month: October 2012

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Why are most brain cancers so difficult to treat leaving the unfortunate patients who suffer from them in dire circumstances so often? The short answer is that we don’t know why. This lack of understanding is like a wall standing between the cures and us for these patients. We have to climb or knockdown this wall. Brain cancers are a diverse group, but lessons about one or more types can sometimes teach us about others. There may also be patterns that transcend different types …Read More

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I was fortunate enough to do my postdoctoral studies at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (aka “The Hutch”) in Seattle. I was a postdoc for more years than I’d like to admit, but it was a wonderful experience. The Hutch is the kind of place where you can imagine making the impossible become possible in the biomedical sciences and it is not a daydream. No one better exemplified that than E. Donnall Thomas, who passed away this weekend. Eight years before I came …Read More

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I love collaborative science. I believe it advances science faster. An example? My lab recently collaborated with another lab here at UC Davis of Dr. Oliver Fiehn, a metabolomics guru. Our paper on this just came out in PLOS ONE here. Admittedly, we got scooped by another lab that published the first ever metabolomics paper on iPS cells (here), but still this is an exciting relatively new area for iPS cells and there’s a lot to learn. Our goal was to study the metabolomics …Read More

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I emailed Dr. Raymond Chung about the patent application that was filed with him and Hisashi Moriguchi as inventors and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as the assignee (owner). I have already heard from Harvard about the patent, but I also heard today from MGH Public Affairs Officer Sue McGreevey in response to my inquiry to Dr. Chung as follows: Dr. Chung asked me to reply to your questions regarding the patent application you asked about.  Massachusetts General Hospital did file that patent application at …Read More