Re-Engineering A Retina
Using Stem Cells
Deepak A. Lamba, M.B.B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
UC Assistant Professor
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Tuesday, March 18th
6:00 - 7:00 pm
University Union, Ballroom Room 1
The Sacramento State STEM Scholars Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Deepak Lamba, Assistant Professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. His talk titled “Re-Engineering a Retina Using Stem Cells” will address his current research focused on identifying new methods to treat degenerative vision disorders using stem cell technology.
The retina is subject to a variety of inherited and acquired degenerative conditions. Loss of human retinal neurons is not compensated by any regeneration from resident cells. Dr. Lamba’s work on a cell-based therapy for retinal degenerations using pluripotent stem cells is promising. His recent focus on retinal repair in mouse models as well as generating a three-dimensional retina using bio-engineered scaffolds is essential before this form of therapy becomes available to patients.
Dr. Lamba earned his medical degree from University of Mumbai, India and practiced as a physician in Mumbai before moving to the United States to pursue full-time research. He received his masters in Bioengineering from University of Illinois, Chicago where he worked on a chemically-stimulating retinal prosthesis device. He then moved to the University of Washington in Seattle where he did his doctoral thesis and post-doctoral work on generating and transplanting retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells and iPS cells in the lab of Dr. Thomas Reh.
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