Current Role at Stanford

Responsible for human embryonic stem cell culture and maintenance

Honors & Awards

  • Master's scholarship award to perform Master's thesis, Local Government of Valencia (Generalitat Valenciana) (2009-2010)
  • Registration Award to Introduction to Regenerative Medicine, University of Valencia (2008/11)

Education & Certifications

  • M.Sc., Polytechnic University of Valencia, Biology-Biotechnology (2010)
  • B.Sc., Shiraz Azad University, Agriculture Engineering (2007)


Professional Interests

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation To Ectodermal Cells


Journal Articles

  • Concise Review: Inner Ear Stem Cells-An Oxymoron, but Why? STEM CELLS Ronaghi, M., Nasr, M., Heller, S. 2012; 30 (1): 69-74


    Hearing loss, caused by irreversible loss of cochlear sensory hair cells, affects millions of patients worldwide. In this concise review, we examine the conundrum of inner ear stem cells, which obviously are present in the inner ear sensory epithelia of nonmammalian vertebrates, giving these ears the ability to functionally recover even from repetitive ototoxic insults. Despite the inability of the mammalian inner ear to regenerate lost hair cells, there is evidence for cells with regenerative capacity because stem cells can be isolated from vestibular sensory epithelia and from the neonatal cochlea. Challenges and recent progress toward identification of the intrinsic and extrinsic signaling pathways that could be used to re-establish stemness in the mammalian organ of Corti are discussed.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/stem.785

    View details for Web of Science ID 000298598400012

    View details for PubMedID 22102534

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