Laflamme Receives $20,000 Stem Cell Research Grant

Michael Laflamme, M.D., Ph.D., UW Medicine Pathology Assistant Professor, recently received a $20,000 Award for Discovery grant from Perkins Coie as part of the law firms five-year commitment to research at UW Medicine's South Lake Union campus.  The funding will support Dr. Laflamme's research project, Development and Testing of a Stem Cell-Derived Biological Pacemaker.  The goal of the project is to develop and validate a biological cardiac pacemaker derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).  iPSCs are generated by reprogramming human skin fibroblasts.  Dr. Laflamme's lab will differentiate iPSCs into pacemaker cells, enrich them for the latter by genetic selection, and then test their pacemaking function in an animal model model of complete heart block.

Pictured with Dr. Laflamme are lab members (clockwise from the left front) Kara White, Yuji Shiba, Michael Laflamme, Scott Lundy, Benjamin Van Biber, Yiheng Xie, Wei-Zhong Zhu, and Jonathan Kim.