Training Grants for Postdoctoral Fellows

Training Grants for Postdoctoral Fellows

2022 NYSTEM Trainees

2022 NYSTEM Trainees

The Center for Stem Cell Biology (CSCB) was awarded a grant from the New York State Department of Health and the Empire State Stem Cell Board to support training in stem cell research. The grant sponsors five postdoctoral fellows who show exceptional potential for making significant contributions to the field of stem-cell-related research. Our trainees have the opportunity to take advantage of the unique resources available at Memorial Sloan Kettering, ranging from basic developmental biology and genetic lineage tracing to pluripotency, directed differentiation, stem cell engineering, chemical/genetic screening, and regenerative medicine, including clinical-grade cell processing.

2022 Trainees

Tamara Casteels
Tamara Casteels, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program, Danwei Huangfu Lab

Project Title: Towards the efficient generation of functional beta cells using droplet-based microfluidics and CRISPR activation

Svetlana Jovanic
Svetlana Jovanic, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Developmental Biology Program, Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis Lab

Project Title: Establishing PSC‐based in vitro gastruloid models of gut tube development

Yuan Lin
Yuan Lin, Research fellow, Developmental Biology Program, Thomas Vierbuchen Lab

Project Title: Project Title: Defining the role of canonical BAF complexes in human neuronal gene regulation

Xueqin Xie
Xueqin Xie, Research scholar, Molecular Pharmacology Program, Michael Kharas Lab

Project Title: Uncovering the MSI2 RNA regulatory network in normal and malignant blood stem cells

Zhe Yang
Zhe Yang, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program, Lorenz Studer Lab

Project Title: Identification of genes regulating synapse versus Aβ uptake in hPSC-derived microglia

Former Trainees

Seungjae Lee
Seungjae Lee, Research Scholar, Developmental Biology Program, Eric C. Lai Lab

Project Title: Elucidating the essential role of Dicer1 and its disease variants in human ESCs

Daniel Medina Cano
Daniel Medina Cano, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program, Thomas Vierbuchen Lab

Project Title: Stem Cell Models For Quantitative Genetic Dissection Of Mouse Cortical Development

Deepika Prasad
Deepika Prasad, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program, Maria Jasin Lab

Project Title: Interrogating genome maintenance and inter-homolog recombination in mouse embryonic stem cells

Leslie Weber
Leslie Weber, Research Scholar, Immunology Program, Frederic Geissmann Lab

Project Title: Human pluripotent stem cell-based study of somatic microglial mutations and their role in neurodegeneration

Xueqian Zhuang
Xueqian Zhuang, Research Fellow, Cancer Biology and Genetics Program, Tuomas Tammela Lab

Project Title: Uncovering the mechanisms and regeneration of aging-driven decline of lung adult stem cells

Gabriele Ciceri
Gabriele Ciceri, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Biology Program, Lorenz Studer Lab

Project Title: Directing the timing of maturation in human pluripotent stem cell-derived cortical neurons

Oliver Harschnitz
Oliver Harschnitz, Research Scholar, Developmental Biology Program, Lorenz Studer Lab

Project Title: Identification of HSE-susceptibility genes using a whole genome CRISPR screen in defined human cortical neurons

Jieru Li
Jieru Li, PhD, Research Fellow, Structural Biology Program, Alexandros Pertsinidis Lab

Project Title: Molecular and biophysical mechanisms of enhancer-promoter communication and transcriptional control of cell identity

Hanzhi Luo
Hanzhi Luo, PhD, Research Fellow, Molecular Pharmacology Program, Michael Kharas Lab

Project Title: Regulation of hematopoietic stem cell fate decisions by m6A modification

Claire Simon
Claire Simon, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Biology Program, Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis Lab

Project Title: The establishment of pluripotency in vivo

Dapeng Yang
Dapeng Yang, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program, Danwei Huangfu Lab

Project Title: Genome-wide CRISPR screen identifies the requirement of HHEX in human pancreatic development and cell differentiation

Celia Andreu-Agullo
Celia Andreu-Agullo, PhD, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program

Project Title: Role of Arsenic-Resistant Protein 2 (Ars2) in the Regulation of Adult Neural Stem Cells

Fiona Bangs
Fiona Bangs, PhD, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program

Project Title: The Role of Cilia and Centrosomes in Self-Renewal and Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells

N. Sumru Bayin
N. Sumru Bayin, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Developmental Biology Program, Alexandra Joyner Lab

Project Title: Systems biology approach to overcome age-dependent blockage of stem cell regenerative responses in the cerebellum

Kosuke Funato
Kosuke Funato, PhD, Research Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery

Project Title: Human ES-based modeling of pediatric glioblastoma by histone mutations

Picutred: Dong Gao
Dong Gao, PhD, Research Fellow, Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program

Project Title: Defining the prostate luminal stem cell and cell of origin of prostate cancer

Federico González Grassi
Federico González Grassi, PhD, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program

Project Title: Understanding the Mechanisms That Govern the Reprogramming of a Somatic Cell to a Pluripotent State.

Pictured: Eric Kallin
Eric Kallin, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Project Title: Role of alternative polyadenylation in embryonic stem cell identity and differentiation

Jorge Mansilla-Soto
Jorge Mansilla-Soto, PhD, Research Fellow, Molecular Pharmacology Program

Project Title: Gene Repair and Erythroid Differentiation Potential of Sickle-Cell-Anemia-Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Santosha Vardhana
Santosha Vardhana, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cancer Biology & Genetics Program

Project Title: Erk inhibition promotes Brd4-independent stemness and proliferation in mouse embryonic stem cells

Elsa Vera
Elsa Vera, PhD, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program

Project Title: Accelerating in Vitro Neural Aging by Manipulations of Telomerase Function and Its Application for Modeling Late-Onset Disease

Qiong Wang
Qiong Wang, PhD, Research Scholar, Cancer Biology & Genetics Program

Project Title: The p53 Tumor Suppressor Family Integrates Nodal and Wnt Inputs Driving Mesendoderm Specification

Yang Yu
Yang Yu, PhD, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program

Project Title: Mechanism of Ars2 in regulating neural stem cell development

Xinjun Zhang
Xinjun Zhang, PhD, Research Scholar, Developmental Biology Program

Project Title: Accelerated Generation of Functional Cortical Neurons from Human Embryonic Stem Cells Using Combinatorial Small-Molecule Treatment

Zengrong Zhu
Zengrong Zhu, PhD, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program

Project Title: Genome editing in human embryonic stem cells to study the genetics of neonatal diabetes and pancreatic development

Bastian Zimmer
Bastian Zimmer, PhD, Research Fellow, Developmental Biology Program

Project Title: Tailored hPSC-based cell therapy for hypopituitarism


Yang D, Cho H, Tayyebi Z, Shukla A, Luo R, Dixon G, Ursu V, Stransky S, Tremmel DM, Sackett SD, Koche R, Kaplan SJ, Li QV, Park J, Zhu Z, Rosen BP, Pulecio J, Shi ZD, Bram Y, Schwartz RE, Odorico JS, Sidoli S, Wright CV, Leslie CS & Huangfu D. CRISPR screening uncovers a central requirement for HHEX in pancreatic lineage commitment and plasticity restriction. Nature Cell Biology (2022).

Zhang SY, Harschnitz O, Studer L, Casanova JL. Neuron-intrinsic immunity to viruses in mice and humans. Curr Opin Immunol. 2021 Aug 20;72:309-317.

Harschnitz O, Studer L. Human stem cell models to study host-virus interactions in the central nervous system. Nat Rev Immunol. 2021 Jul;21(7):441-453.

Chen S, Han Y, Yang L, Kim T, Nair M, Harschnitz O, Wang P, Zhu J, Koo SY, Tang X, Lacko L, Chandar V, Bram Y, Zhang T, Zhang W, He F, Caicedo J, Huang Y, Evans T, van der Valk P, Titulaer MJ, Spoor JKH, Furler RL, Canoll P, Goldman J, Przedborski S, Schwartz R, Ho D, Studer L. SARS-CoV-2 Infection Causes Dopaminergic Neuron Senescence. Res Sq. 2021 May

Lee S, Wei L, Zhang B, Goering R, Majumdar S, Wen J, Taliaferro JM, Lai EC. ELAV/Hu RNA binding proteins determine multiple programs of neural alternative splicing. PLoS Genet. 2021 Apr 7;17(4):e1009439.

Guttikonda SR, Sikkema L, Tchieu J, Saurat N, Walsh RM, Harschnitz O, Ciceri G, Sneeboer M, Mazutis L, Setty M, Zumbo P, Betel D, de Witte LD, Pe’er D, Studer L. Fully defined human pluripotent stem cell-derived microglia and tri-culture system model C3 production in Alzheimer’s disease. Nat Neurosci. 2021 Mar;24(3):343-354. doi: 10.1038/s41593-020-00796-z. Epub 2021 Feb 8.

Harschnitz O, Studer L. Human stem cell models to study host-virus interactions in the central nervous system. Nat Rev Immunol. 2021 Jan 4.

Gao D, Ciancanelli MJ, Zhang P, Harschnitz O, Bondet V, Hasek M, Chen J, Mu X, Itan Y, Cobat A, Sancho-Shimizu V, Bigio B, Lorenzo L, Ciceri G, McAlpine J, Anguiano E, Jouanguy E, Chaussabel D, Meyts I, Diamond MS, Abel L, Hur S, Smith GA, Notarangelo L, Duffy D, Studer L, Casanova JL, Zhang SY. TLR3 controls constitutive IFN-β antiviral immunity in human fibroblasts and cortical neurons. J Clin Invest. 2021 Jan 4;131(1):e134529.

Dixon G, Pan H, Yang D, Rosen BP, Jashari T, Verma N, Pulecio J, Caspi I, Lee K, Stransky S, Glezer A, Liu C, Rivas M, Kumar R, Lan Y, Torregroza I, He C, Sidoli S, Evans T, Elemento O, Huangfu D. QSER1 protects DNA methylation valleys from de novo methylation. Science. 2021 Apr 9;372(6538):eabd0875. doi: 10.1126/science.abd0875

Wesely J, Kotini AG, Izzo F, Luo H, Yuan H, Sun J, Georgomanoli M, Zviran A, Deslauriers AG, Dusaj N, Nimer SD, Leslie C, Landau DA, Kharas MG, Papapetrou EP.Acute Myeloid Leukemia iPSCs Reveal a Role for RUNX1 in the Maintenance of Human Leukemia Stem Cells. Cell Rep. 2020 Jun 2;31(9):107688. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107688

Willett RT, Bayin NS, Lee AS, Krishnamurthy A, Wojcinski A, Lao Z, Stephen D, Rosello-Diez A, Dauber-Decker KL, Orvis GD, Wu Z, Tessier-Lavigne M, Joyner AL. Cerebellar nuclei excitatory neurons regulate developmental scaling of presynaptic Purkinje cell number and organ growth. Elife. 2019 Nov 19;8. pii: e50617. doi: 10.7554/eLife.50617. [Epub ahead of print]

Mizrak D., Bayin N.S., Yuan J., Liu Z., Suciu R., Niphakis M.J., Ngo N., Lum K.M., Cravatt B.F., Joyner A.L., Sims P.A., Single Cell Profiling and SCOPE-seq reveal the lineage dynamics of adult neurogenesis and NOTUM as a key V-SVZ regulator. bioRxiv, Sep 16, 2019. doi:

Riessland M, Kolisnyk B, Kim TW, Cheng J, Ni J, Pearson JA, Park EJ, Dam K, Acehan D, Ramos-Espiritu LS, Wang W, Zhang J, Shim JW, Ciceri G, Brichta L, Studer L, Greengard P. Loss of SATB1 Induces p21-Dependent Cellular Senescence in Post-mitotic Dopaminergic Neurons. Cell Stem Cell. 2019 Oct 3;25(4):514-530.e8. doi: 0.1016/j.stem.2019.08.013. Epub 2019 Sep 19.

Ahmadzadeh E., Singh A., Bayin N.S., Qu X., Madisen L., Stephen D., Zeng H., Joyner A.L., Rosello- Diez A., A bestiary of genetic mouse lines and related tools for inducible and reversible intersectional misexpression. bioRxiv 754192, Sept 5, 2019. doi:

Cheng Y, Luo H, Izzo F, Pickering BF, Nguyen D, Myers R, Schurer A, Gourkanti S, Brüning JC, Vu LP, Jaffrey SR, Landau DA, Kharas MG. m6A RNA Methylation Maintains Hematopoietic Stem Cell Identity and Symmetric Commitment. Cell Rep. 2019 Aug 13;28(7):1703-1716.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.07.032.

Li QV, Dixon G, Verma N, Rosen BP, Gordillo M, Luo R, Xu C, Wang Q, Soh CL, Yang D, Crespo M, Shukla A, Xiang Q, Dündar F, Zumbo P, Witkin M, Koche R, Betel D, Chen S, Massagué J, Garippa R, Evans T, Beer MA, Huangfu D. Genome-scale screens identify JNK-JUN signaling as a barrier for pluripotency exit and endoderm differentiation. Nat Genet. 2019 Jun;51(6):999-1010.

Li J, D Ankun, Saydaminova K, Chang H, Wang G, Ochiai H, Yamamoto T, Pertsinidis A. Single-Molecule Nanoscopy Elucidates RNA Polymerase II Transcription at Single Genes in Live Cells. Cell. 2019 May 27. pii: S0092-8674(19)30557-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.05.029. [Epub ahead of print]

Simon C, Raina D, Schröter C, Hadjantonakis A-K. Visualising FGF/ERK signaling during cell fate decisions in the mouse blastocyst. Poster presented at: Spring British Society for Developmental Biology/British Society for Cell Biology meeting 2019: 7-10 April 2019 in Warwick, UK.

Nowotschin S, Setty M, Kuo YY, Liu V, Garg V, Sharma R, Simon CS, Saiz N, Gardner R, Boutet SC, Church DM, Hoodless PA, Hadjantonakis AK, Pe’er D. The emergent landscape of the mouse gut endoderm at single-cell resolution. Nature. 2019 Apr 8. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1127-1. [Epub ahead of print].

Simon CS, Zhang L, Wu T, Cai W, Saiz N, Nowotschin S, Cai CL, Hadjantonakis AK. A Gata4 nuclear GFP transcriptional reporter to study endoderm and cardiac development in the mouse. Biol Open. 2018 Dec 10;7(12). pii: bio036517. doi: 10.1242/bio.036517.

Simon CS, Hadjantonakis AK. Top to Tail: Anterior-Posterior Patterning Precedes Regional Nervous System Identity. Cell. 2018 Nov 1;175(4):905-907. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.10.040.

Amin S, Cook B, Zhou T, Ghazizadeh Z, Lis R, Zhang T, Khalaj M, Crespo M, Perera M, Xiang JZ, Zhu Z, Tomishima M, Liu C, Naji A, Evans T, Huangfu D, Chen S. Discovery of a drug candidate for GLIS3-associated diabetes. Nat Commun. 2018 Jul 11;9(1):2681. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04918-x.

Puca L, Bareja R, Prandi D, Shaw R, Benelli M, Karthaus WR, Hess J, Sigouros M, Donoghue A, Kossai M, Gao D, Cyrta J, Sailer V, Vosoughi A, Pauli C, Churakova Y, Cheung C, Deonarine LD, McNary TJ, Rosati R, Tagawa ST, Nanus DM, Mosquera JM, Sawyers CL, Chen Y, Inghirami G, Rao RA, Grandori C, Elemento O, Sboner A, Demichelis F, Rubin MA, Beltran H. Patient derived organoids to model rare prostate cancer phenotypes. Nat Commun. 2018 Jun 19;9(1):2404. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04495-z.

Liu WA, Chen S, Li Z, Lee CH, Mirzaa G, Dobyns WB, Ross ME, Zhang J, Shi SH. PARD3 dysfunction in conjunction with dynamic HIPPO signaling drives cortical enlargement with massive heterotopia. Genes Dev. 2018 Jun 1;32(11-12):763-780. doi: 10.1101/gad.313171.118. Epub 2018 Jun 13.

Finley LWS, Vardhana SA, Carey BW, Alonso-Curbelo D, Koche R, Chen Y, Wen D, King B, Radler MR, Rafii S, Lowe SW, Allis CD, Thompson CB. Pluripotency transcription factors and Tet1/2 maintain Brd4-independent stem cell identity. Nat Cell Biol. 2018 May;20(5):565-574. doi: 10.1038/s41556-018-0086-3. Epub 2018 Apr 16.

Xie Y, Cao Z, Wong EW, Guan Y, Ma W, Zhang JQ, Walczak EG, Murphy D, Ran L, Sirota I, Wang S, Shukla S, Gao D, Knott SR, Chang K, Leu J, Wongvipat J, Antonescu CR, Hannon G, Chi P, Chen Y. COP1/DET1/ETS axis regulates ERK transcriptome and sensitivity to MAPK inhibitors. J Clin Invest. 2018 Apr 2;128(4):1442-1457. doi: 10.1172/JCI94840. Epub 2018 Mar 5.

Zhang SY, Clark NE, Freije CA, Pauwels E, Taggart AJ, Okada S, Mandel H, Garcia P, Ciancanelli MJ, Biran A, Lafaille FG, Tsumura M, Cobat A, Luo J, Volpi S, Zimmer B, Sakata S, Dinis A, Ohara O, Garcia Reino EJ, Dobbs K, Hasek M, Holloway SP, McCammon K, Hussong SA, DeRosa N, Van Skike CE, Katolik A, Lorenzo L, Hyodo M, Faria E, Halwani R, Fukuhara R, Smith GA, Galvan V, Damha MJ, Al-Muhsen S, Itan Y, Boeke JD, Notarangelo LD, Studer L, Kobayashi M, Diogo L, Fairbrother WG, Abel L, Rosenberg BR, Hart PJ, Etzioni A, Casanova JL.Inborn Errors of RNA Lariat Metabolism in Humans with Brainstem Viral Infection. Cell. 2018 Feb 22;172(5):952-965.e18. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.02.019.

Martin-Malpartida P, Batet M, Kaczmarska Z, Freier R, Gomes T, Aragón E, Zou Y, Wang Q, Xi Q, Ruiz L, Vea A, Márquez JA, Massagué J, Macias MJ. Structural basis for genome wide recognition of 5-bp GC motifs by SMAD transcription factors. Nat Commun. 2017 Dec 12;8(1):2070. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-02054-6.

Verma N, Zhu Z, Huangfu D. CRISPR/Cas-Mediated Knockin in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1513:119-140.

Tchieu J, Zimmer B, Fattahi F, Amin S, Zeltner N, Chen S, Studer L. A Modular Platform for Differentiation of Human PSCs into All Major Ectodermal Lineages. Cell Stem Cell. 2017 Sep 7;21(3):399-410.e7. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2017.08.015.

Viswanathan VS, Ryan MJ, Dhruv HD, Gill S, Eichhoff OM, Seashore-Ludlow B, Kaffenberger SD, Eaton JK, Shimada K, Aguirre AJ, Viswanathan SR, Chattopadhyay S, Tamayo P, Yang WS, Rees MG, Chen S, Boskovic ZV, Javaid S, Huang C, Wu X, Tseng YY, Roider EM, Gao D, Cleary JM, Wolpin BM, Mesirov JP, Haber DA, Engelman JA, Boehm JS, Kotz JD, Hon CS, Chen Y, Hahn WC, Levesque MP, Doench JG, Berens ME, Shamji AF, Clemons PA, Stockwell BR, Schreiber SL. Dependency of a therapy-resistant state of cancer cells on a lipid peroxidase pathway. Nature. 2017 Jul 27;547(7664):453-457. doi: 10.1038/nature23007. Epub 2017 Jul 5.

Wang S, Gao D, Chen Y. The potential of organoids in urological cancer research. Nat Rev Urol. 2017 Jul;14(7):401-414. doi: 10.1038/nrurol.2017.65. Epub 2017 May 23. Review.

Zhang XJ, Li Z, Han Z, Sultan KT, Huang K, Shi SH. Precise inhibitory microcircuit assembly of developmentally related neocortical interneurons in clusters. Nat Commun. 2017 Jul 13;8:16091. doi: 10.1038/ncomms16091.

Shi ZD, Lee K, Yang D, Amin S, Verma N, Li QV, Zhu Z, Soh CL, Kumar R, Evans T, Chen S, Huangfu D. Genome Editing in hPSCs Reveals GATA6 Haploinsufficiency and a Genetic Interaction with GATA4 in Human Pancreatic Development. Cell Stem Cell. 2017 May 4;20(5):675-688.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Feb 9.

Shi ZD, Soh CL, Zhu Z, Huangfu D. Genome Editing and Directed Differentiation of hPSCs for Interrogating Lineage Determinants in Human Pancreatic Development. J Vis Exp. 2017 Mar 5;(121). doi: 10.3791/55267.

Blattner M, Liu D, Robinson BD, Huang D, Poliakov A, Gao D, Nataraj S, Deonarine LD, Augello MA, Sailer V, Ponnala L, Ittmann M, Chinnaiyan AM, Sboner A, Chen Y, Rubin MA, Barbieri CE. SPOP Mutation Drives Prostate Tumorigenesis In Vivo through Coordinate Regulation of PI3K/mTOR and AR Signaling. Cancer Cell. 2017 Mar 13;31(3):436-451. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2017.02.004.

Qi Y, Zhang XJ, Renier N, Wu Z, Atkin T, Sun Z, Ozair MZ, Tchieu J, Zimmer B, Fattahi F, Ganat Y, Azevedo R, Zeltner N, Brivanlou AH, Karayiorgou M, Gogos J, Tomishima M, Tessier-Lavigne M, Shi SH, Studer L. Combined small-molecule inhibition accelerates the derivation of functional cortical neurons from human pluripotent stem cells. Nat Biotechnol. 2017 Feb;35(2):154-163. doi: 10.1038/nbt.3777. Epub 2017 Jan 23.

Yang Z, Peng YC, Gopalan A, Gao D, Chen Y, Joyner AL. Stromal hedgehog signaling maintains smooth muscle and hampers micro-invasive prostate cancer. Dis Model Mech. 2017 Jan 1;10(1):39-52. doi: 10.1242/dmm.027417. Epub 2016 Nov 30.

Zeltner N, Fattahi F, Dubois NC, Saurat N, Lafaille F, Shang L, Zimmer B, Tchieu J, Soliman MA, Lee G, Casanova JL, Studer L. Capturing the biology of disease severity in a PSC-based model of familial dysautonomia. Nat Med. 2016 Dec;22(12):1421-1427. doi: 10.1038/nm.4220. Epub 2016 Nov 14.

Wang Q, Zou Y, Nowotschin S, Kim SY, Li QV, Soh CL, Su J, Zhang C, Shu W, Xi Q, Huangfu D, Hadjantonakis AK, Massagué J. The p53 Family Coordinates Wnt and Nodal Inputs in Mesendodermal Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells. Cell Stem Cell. 2017 Jan 5;20(1):70-86. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.10.002. Epub 2016 Nov 23.

Vera E, Bosco N, Studer L. Generating Late-Onset Human iPSC-Based Disease Models by Inducing Neuronal Age-Related Phenotypes through Telomerase Manipulation. Cell Rep. 2016 Oct 18;17(4):1184-1192. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.09.062.

Sultan KT, Han Z, Zhang XJ, Xianyu A, Li Z, Huang K, Shi SH. Clonally Related GABAergic Interneurons Do Not Randomly Disperse but Frequently Form Local Clusters in the Forebrain. Neuron. 2016 Oct 5;92(1):31-44. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.09.033.

Dardenne E, Beltran H, Benelli M, Gayvert K, Berger A, Puca L, Cyrta J, Sboner A, Noorzad Z, MacDonald T, Cheung C, Yuen KS, Gao D, Chen Y, Eilers M, Mosquera JM, Robinson BD, Elemento O, Rubin MA, Demichelis F, Rickman DS. N-Myc Induces an EZH2-Mediated Transcriptional Program Driving Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer. Cancer Cell. 2016 Oct 10;30(4):563-577. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2016.09.005.

Hicks MJ, Chiuchiolo MJ, Ballon D, Dyke JP, Aronowitz E, Funato K, Tabar V, Havlicek D, Fan F, Sondhi D, Kaminsky SM, Crystal RG. Anti-Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Gene Therapy for Glioblastoma. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 6;11(10):e0162978. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0162978. eCollection 2016.

Zimmer B, Piao J, Ramnarine K, Tomishima MJ, Tabar V, Studer L. Derivation of Diverse Hormone-Releasing Pituitary Cells from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. Stem Cell Reports. 2016 Jun 14;6(6):858-872. doi: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2016.05.005.

Zhu Z, Li QV, Lee K, Rosen BP, González F, Soh CL, Huangfu D. Genome Editing of Lineage Determinants in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Reveals Mechanisms of Pancreatic Development and Diabetes. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Jun 2;18(6):755-68. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.03.015. Epub 2016 Apr 28.

Mansilla-Soto J, Riviere I, Boulad F, Sadelain M. Cell and Gene Therapy for the Beta-Thalassemias: Advances and Prospects.  Hum Gene Ther. 2016 Apr;27(4):295-304. doi: 10.1089/hum.2016.037.

Tan X, Liu WA, Zhang XJ, Shi W, Ren SQ, Li Z, Brown KN, Shi SH. Vascular Influence on Ventral Telencephalic Progenitors and Neocortical Interneuron Production. Dev Cell. 2016 Mar 21;36(6):624-38. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2016.02.023.

Fattahi F, Steinbeck JA, Kriks S, Tchieu J, Zimmer B, Kishinevsky S, Zeltner N, Mica Y, El-Nachef W, Zhao H, de Stanchina E, Gershon MD, Grikscheit TC, Chen S, Studer L. Deriving human ENS lineages for cell therapy and drug discovery in Hirschsprung disease. Nature. 2016 Mar 3;531(7592):105-9. doi: 10.1038/nature16951

González F, Huangfu D. Mechanisms underlying the formation of induced pluripotent stem cells. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 2016 Jan-Feb;5(1):39-65. doi: 10.1002/wdev.206.

Drost J, Karthaus WR, Gao D, Driehuis E, Sawyers CL, Chen Y, Clevers H. Organoid culture systems for prostate epithelial and cancer tissue. Nat Protoc. 2016 Feb;11(2):347-58. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2016.006.

Satlin MJ, Vardhana S, Soave R, Shore TB, Mark TM, Jacobs SE, Walsh TJ, Gergis U. Impact of Prophylactic Levofloxacin on Rates of Bloodstream Infection and Fever in Neutropenic Patients with Multiple Myeloma Undergoing Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2015 Oct;21(10):1808-14. doi: 10.1016/j.bbmt.2015.06.017.

Wiesner T, Lee W, Obenauf AC, Ran L, Murali R, Zhang QF, Wong EW, Hu W, Scott SN, Shah RH, Landa I, Button J, Lailler N, Sboner A, Gao D, Murphy DA, Cao Z, Shukla, et al. Alternative transcription initiation leads to expression of a novel ALK isoform in cancer. Nature. 2015 Oct 15;526(7573):453-7. doi: 10.1038/nature15258.

Dreser N*, Zimmer B*, Dietz C, Sügis E, Pallocca G, Nyffeler J, Meisig J, Blüthgen N, Berthold MR, Waldmann T, Leist M. Grouping of histone deacetylase inhibitors and other toxicants disturbing neural crest migration by transcriptional profiling. Neurotoxicology. 2015 Sep;50:56-70. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2015.07.008. *both authors contributed equally.

Vera E, Studer L. When rejuvenation is a problem: challenges of modeling late-onset neurodegenerative disease. Development. 2015 Sep 15;142(18):3085-9. doi: 10.1242/dev.120667. Review.

Zhu Z, Verma N, González F, Shi ZD, Huangfu D. A CRISPR/Cas-Mediated Selection-free Knockin Strategy in Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Jun 9;4(6):1103-11. doi: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2015.04.016.

Studer L, Vera E, Cornacchia D. Programming and Reprogramming Cellular Age in the Era of Induced Pluripotency. Cell Stem Cell. 2015 Jun 4;16(6):591-600. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2015.05.004.

Perna F, Vu LP, Themeli M, Kriks S, Hoya-Arias R, Khanin R, Hricik T, Mansilla-Soto J, Papapetrou EP, Levine RL, Studer L, Sadelain M, Nimer SD. The polycomb group protein L3MBTL1 represses a SMAD5-mediated hematopoietic transcriptional program in human pluripotent stem cells. Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Apr 14;4(4):658-69. doi: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2015.02.003. Epub 2015 Mar 5.

Bangs FK, Schrode N, Hadjantonakis AK, Anderson KV. Lineage specificity of primary cilia in the mouse embryo. Nat Cell Biol. 2015 Feb;17(2):113-22. doi: 10.1038/ncb3091.

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