BUFFALO, N.Y. — A University at Buffalo biochemist in UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and his colleagues have received $3.5 million from the Empire State Stem Cell Board to establish a Western New York Stem Cell Culture and Analysis Center.
Richard Gronostajski, PhD, professor in UB’s Department of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is principal investigator on the grant.
The funds will be used to promote and facilitate research in the use of mouse and human embryonic, adult, induced pluripotent and cancer stem cells. Pluripotent cells have the ability to become nearly any type of cell in the body.
“All these types of stem cells have tremendous potential for our understanding and treatment of human diseases, including diabetes, cancers, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, cardiomyopathies, neurodegenerative diseases and the damage or degeneration of various organs due to aging or injury,” says Gronostajski.