Jia Liu, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has received the Catalyst Award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

The NIDDK Catalyst Award (DP1) is part of the NIH Directors Pioneer Award mechanism and supports investigators developing bold and innovative approaches to research topics related to diabetes, endocrinology, metabolic diseases, digestive diseases and nutrition.

Liu and his team were awarded $4.225 million over five years to support their research into building better human models of islet development and physiology and new transplantation therapeutics for type 1 diabetes.

Islets are clusters of several different types of cells, including insulin-making beta cells, found throughout the pancreas. Lius research project seeks to connect cellular function to gene expression during the maturation of human stem cell-derived islet organoids. To do so, the team will:

Our research will allow us to address major challenges for generating functionally mature stem cell islets for biomedical research and human therapeutics, said Liu.

Liu and his team will continue working with frequent collaborators, including Xiao Wang at Broad Institute and MIT, to build the multimodal sensing and spatial-omics platform, and Douglas Melton at Harvards Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, to map the functional and molecular phenotypes of human stem cell-derived islets during development with the goal of identifying ways to improve the functionality of these organoids to serve as a replacement in individuals with diabetes.

Continue reading here:

Liu receives Catalyst Award from the National Institutes of Health agency - Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Related Post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *