December 4, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Vahid Serpooshan whose article titled “Patching up broken hearts: cardiac cell therapy gets a bioengineered boost” was published in Cell Stem Cell.

October 6, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Sean M. Wu for receiving the 2014 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. The NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, now in its 11th year, carries a five-year, $2.5 million direct cost research support plus indirect cost to be used in highly innovative approaches that have the potential to affect a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research. Sean's project titled “Enabling Technologies for Human-Machine Hybrid Tissue” will explore the use of 3D-printing to assemble complex array of interfaces between synthetic and biological materials. This technology could be applicable to generate hybrid tissues or artificial organs for future cardiovascular applications.

August 29, 2014

Congratulations to Arun Sharma, Ryoko Hamaguchi, Rajarajan Kuppusamy, and Anthony Sturzu whose paper on “Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes as an in vitro model for coxsackievirus B3-induced myocarditis and antiviral drug screen platform” made the cover for this journal issue.

August 4, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Guang Li whose abstracts on "Identification Of Cardiovascular Lineage Descendants at Single Cell Resolution" and on "YY1 Expression is Sufficient for the Maintenance of Cardiac Progenitor Cell State" have been accepted for presentation at the annual Scientific Sessions of the American Heart 

July 2, 2014

Congratulations to Mr. Arun Sharma, Ryoko Hamaguchi, Rajarajan Kuppusamy, and Anthony Sturzu whose paper on “Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes as an In Vitro Model for Coxsackievirus B3-Induced Myocarditis and Antiviral Drug Screening Platform” has been accepted for publication in Circulation Research.

June 24, 2014

Dr. Sean M. Wu receives the 2014 David Lawrence Stein Award from the American Heart Association Western Region Affiliate. The David Lawrence Stein Research Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in pediatric research and is presented to the researcher whose grant the American Heart Association scores the highest among the hundreds it receives from the Western Region Affiliate for consideration each year. Dr. Wu’s grant, entitled, “Transcription Factor Interplay at the Nkx2.5 Cardiac Enhancer,” seeks to determine the key genes regulating cardiac development during mesodermal commitment into cardiac progenitor cells using both embryonic mice and mouse embryonic stem cells as models. The research support from the AHA will enable Dr. Wu to identify the critical transcription factors that drive the expression of Nkx2.5 and how these factors are regulated during embryonic development.

June 3, 2014

Dr. Sean Wu has been invited to join the editorial board of Circulation Research, a premiere basic cardiovascular research journal with an ISI impact factor of 11.86 (2012). Dr. Wu has been an active reviewer for the journal for the past six years and has published a number of primary, review, and editorial articles in this journal.

May 15, 2014

Congratulations to Ms. Karolina Plonowska (Research Assistant) for being accepted to UCSF Medical School. We are particularly delighted that she will be very close by and be able to provide her expertise in CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and manuscript submissions.

May 2, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Guang Li, a post-doctoral fellow in the Wu lab, for being awarded the NHLBI-funded Progenitor Cell Biology Consortium (PCBC) Jump Start Award proposal. His project title - “Identification of Cardiac Lineage-Defining Epigenome at Single Cell Resolution” - involves a collaboration with Dr. Lars Omberg at Sage BioNetwork to analyze epigenomic changes within individual cardiac progenitor cell during development.

April 25, 2014

Congratulations to undergraduate research assistants Ryoko Hamaguchi ('15) and Nick Flores ('16) for being selected as recipients of the Undergraduate Summer Research Award from the Stanford BIO-X program. Ryoko will be studying the mechanisms of anthracycline-induced cardio-toxicity using human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes as an in vitro disease model and Nick will be studying the role of Yin Yang 1 to regulate the maintenance of cardiac progenitor phenotype using Nkx2.5-eGFP mouse embryonic stem cells and mouse embryos.

April 1, 2014

Congratulations to Arun Sharma who has been awarded a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. He was selected amongst a competitive pool of applicants based on his "outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise." The GRFP Fellowship period is up to 5 years, with support provided for a maximum of three years starting in 2014.

March 27, 2014

Congratulations to Arun Sharma who has successfully passed his PhD qualifying examination for his thesis work on cardiovascular disease modeling using human induced pluripotent stem cells.

March 4, 2014

Congratulations to Jenny Chen (former lab member) and Karolina Plonowska whose paper on “Somatic cell reprogramming into cardiovascular lineages” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapy.

February 28, 2014

Congratulations to Anthony Sturzu who has been award one of two Best Poster Award ($500) at the Stanford Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine Symposium 2014.

February 15, 2014

Congratulations to Marc Engels, Arun Sharma, and Rajarajan Kuppusamy whose paper on “IGF promotes cardiac lineage induction in vitro by selective expansion of early mesoderm” has been published online in the journal Stem Cells.