The Danwei Huangfu Lab
The Huangfu laboratory is interested in understanding human biology through the lens of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), including embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells (hESCs and hiPSCs). Our specific goal is to understand how insulin-secreting β cells form and function in the context of normal development, adult tissue maintenance and regeneration, aging, and disease. The pathways that regulate these processes can be exploited for therapeutics to prevent and reverse diseases such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
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Pictured: Danwei Huangfu

Danwei Huangfu, PhD

Associate Professor

Research Focus

The Huangfu laboratory uses human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) as a powerful genetic model to interrogate the transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms underlying cell fate decisions in development and disease.


PhD, Cornell University, Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Lab Members

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Selected Achievements
  • Basil O’Connor Scholar, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation (2012-2014)
  • Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Young Investigators Award, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2011-2014)
  • Award from Harvard Catalyst & InnoCentive for the Ideation Challenge on “What Do We Not Know to Cure Type 1 Diabetes” (2010)
  • Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-2009)