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Senior Research Scientist, Pediatrics - Ped Stem Cell Transplantation
Current Role at Stanford As a senior research scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Dr. Cepika is working to identify a molecular landscape of inducible type 1 regulatory T cells (Tr1), and how it defines their functions. Tr1 designed to be tolerant specifically to patient tissue are currently investigated in a phase I clinical trial, with an ultimate goal to use Tr1 cell therapy to prevent graft-vs-host disease in patients with hematological cancers undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (NCT03198234). Identifying the components critical for identity of these cells and understanding their mechanism of action is an essential step for harnessing their suppressive power in the clinic.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Czechowicz?s research is aimed at understanding how hematopoietic stem cells interact with their microenvironment in order to subsequently modulate these interactions to improve bone marrow transplantation and unlock biological secrets that further enable regenerative medicine broadly. This work can be applied across a variety of disease states ranging from rare genetic diseases, autoimmune diseases, solid organ transplantation, microbiome-augmentation and cancer.