Stem Cell Patterning

MCDB grad student Kathryn Rosowki uses the CEID wet lab to make microscopic patterns to control the growth of stem cells. Shown here is a colony of human embryonic stem cells cultured on a triangular bed of matrix proteins. The cytoskeletal protein actin appears red and the cell nuclei appear blue. By controlling the shape and size of clusters of stem cells, Rosowski and her advisor Prof. Valerie Horsley hope to improve the efficiency of stem cell differentiation.

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