Asis Hussein

Studying the Secrets of Cell Dormancy

If humans could control cellular time, could certain diseases, and perhaps even death itself be delayed? To answer these questions, scientists are looking closely at the nature of embryonic development and the mechanisms of dormancy. Read More

Building Community: A Husky 100 Story

Jepson arrived on the University of Washington campus with a love of biology, a budding interest in engineering, and the pang of isolation felt by many out-of-state freshmen. Over the next four years, she would find a community in the residence halls and an outlet for her natural curiosity in the Department of Bioengineering. Read More

Nisa Williams

Pursuing a PhD in a Pandemic

Uncertainty is a fact of life for just about any PhD student, especially in the hectic final year of a thesis project. So much can change and so much is unknown. Data shifts. Funding is fickle. The right postdoc job could require relocation to a faraway city. It’s all part of the territory for a young scientist. But nothing can prepare a PhD student to complete a project in a pandemic. Read More

Joining the Fight Against COVID-19

Drug discovery, disease modeling, and donations of personal protective equipment are just some of the ways ISCRM labs are rallying to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Dragon Shuttle

Heart Tissue in Space

Researchers from the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) are taking part in a collaborative effort to send heart tissue on chips to the International Space Station to study how microgravity impacts cardiovascular functioning. Read More

A Paradigm Shift in Cancer Treatment

What if a patient’s cancer had a unique fingerprint? And what if that fingerprint could be used to help physicians treat patients, faster and more effectively than ever? This is precision medicine. And Dr. Pam Becker and a team of UW researchers are using it to save lives. Read More

Breaking the Capillary Barrier

Capillaries, the tiny but abundant vessels that enable the exchange of nutrients and waste, are so narrow that red blood cells must pass through in a single file line, making them challenging to study and prohibitively difficult to engineer. Until now. Read More

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

Attention undergraduate students everywhere: If you're intrigued by a career in regenerative medicine, biology, and engineering, the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) may have the perfect summer experience for you. It’s all part of a broader effort to help more people from more backgrounds explore opportunities in science careers. Read More

Seeing Themselves as Scientists

In late November, a cohort of middle school girls from Burien, Washington traveled to the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) for an introduction to the basics of stem cell biology, bioprinting, and gene editing. First, though, the visitors absorbed a few science lessons that are impossible to observe, measure, or prove Read More

Building a Better Scar

For decades, researchers have explored the possibility of building a more perfect scar, an intervention that could revolutionize treatment for many of our leading causes of death, including heart disease. Today, the Davis lab continues to make discoveries that are helping scientists understand how this critical biological process works, and how to control it to improve human health. Read More