Ding applies stem cell method to recreate cells lost in spinal cord injuries

Sheng Ding, PhD, is a stem cell scientist who uses novel small molecules to control and reprogram stem cell activities in various tissue types. Applying his groundbreaking techniques, he has previously succeeded in transforming skin cells into functional brain, heart, liver, and insulin-producing pancreas cells.

An August 26 article in Gladstone News highlights his recent research, explaining that Ding is "now applying his method to spinal cord injuries, regenerating cells that may someday allow patients with these injuries to regain mobility."

Ding, a professor in the UCSF School of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, is also currently William K. Bowes, Jr. Distinguished Investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.


Stem Cell Scientist Recreates Cells Lost in Spinal Cord Injuries


Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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