November 27, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

cancer

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The Knoepfler lab has formed a team to raise research funds to try to find new treatments and hopefully cures for kids facing a type of mostly fatal brain tumors. Here’s the team page. If you can give us a hand by joining the team or making a donation that’d be wonderful. Any help would be appreciated. The way it works is that this great pediatric cancer foundation called Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, from whom I recently got a 2-year grant, will match all the money …Read More

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The FDA issued a historic statement today promising to more clearly define its regulatory policies on stem cell therapies and to take strong action on some stem cell clinics that it views as “bad actors”. I’ve never the FDA use such clear-cut language before. I give big kudos to new FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. It already took some action too on clinics in Florida and in California. So today we heard about both a bold statement of vision on how the FDA will deal with …Read More

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I was really sad when I heard about John McCain’s diagnosis with a glioblastoma, a particularly nasty type of brain tumor that we study in my lab when it shows up in children. My own battle with prostate cancer starting almost 8 years ago might have sensitized me to this news even though I’m in long-term remission. I also started thinking about whether stem cells could somehow help him fight or even beat the tumor. It turns out that others have been including stem cells …Read More

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An NIH and foundation-funded postdoctoral fellow position in the Knoepfler Lab at UC Davis School of Medicine is open. The focus of research will be on cancer and stem cell epigenomics. Studies will include functional genomics assays such s ChIP-Seq, chromatin configuration, CRISPR genetics work, and cell biological research. Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD, an MD, or both. Preference will be given to applicants who do not already have postdoctoral experience, but who have a strong track record as graduate students of biological …Read More