Virus, stem cells, and human diseases

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty Advisor
Luwen Zhang
Contact Email
Potential UCARE Research Position?
Yes
Start Date
9/1/2020
Paid or Volunteer
Paid by UCARE funding
Hours Per Week
10

For a stem cell, the future is wide open. It can divide infinitely to create more stem cells, or it can grow up into other kinds of cells, taking its place in the heart, brain, or other organs. It’s important that stem cells be protected from infection: some of them are starting material for babies, and others make up a crucial reservoir to build or rebuild body tissues as needed. An intruder that damaged or killed stem cells would be disastrous, but how they go about protecting themselves has been a decades-long mystery. However, some virus, like Zika virus, can infect and manipulate stem cells, and causing some serious human diseases. The student will be join the group to study the complex relation among virus, stem cells, and human diseases. Contact Dr. Zhang directly to express interest in this position.

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