Hesham Basma, Ph.D.
Instructor, Pulmonary, College of Medicine
Expertise: Liver, Embryonic stem cells

In Dr. Basma’s lab, researchers have simplified an embryonic stem (ES) cell differentiation strategy to generate cells with many of the defining characteristics of human hepatocytes. They also developed a simple technique for enrichment of the ES-derived hepatocytes based on asialoglycoprotein receptor. Use of this differentiation program would be useful as an alternative source of primary human hepatocytes.

Hesham Basma, PhS

Stephen Rennard, M.D.
Larson Professor in Medicine in Respiratory Disease, Pulmonary, College of Medicine
Expertise: Lung, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Dr. Rennard is one of the world’s foremost experts in pulmonary and critical care medicine. His laboratory is working to understand the mechanisms involved in stem cells that have the capacity to repair damaged tissue and restore lost function in patients with chronic diseases of the lung. His research is attempting to define the cells responsible for lung repair following injury, to determine how the function of these cells is altered in diseases where abnormal lung structure results and to determine mechanisms where the repair capacity of the lung can be manipulated to restore lost function.

Stephen Rennard, M.D.