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Founding Fellows

The Midwest Institute for Comparative Stem Cell Biology is founded on the initial research of Professors Duane Davis ( KSU College of Agriculture), Deryl Troyer and Mark Weiss (KSU College of Veterinary Medicine) and Dr. Kathy Mitchell of the University of Kansas. These four individuals are designated Founding Fellows.

In addition to these four scientists, the following Fellows contribute to the critical mass of high quality science that characterizes the institute: (partial list)

Fellows

Dr. Stefan Bossmann, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Terrry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University. Related expertise: mycobacterial porins and their targeted delivery to tumors via stem cells.

Dr. Viktor Chikan, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University. Reltated expertise: synthesis of magnetic core/shell nanoparticles suitable for loading into stem cells and delivery to tumors for generation of magnetic hyperthermia.

Dr. Michael Detamore, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Kansas University. Relevant expertise: tissue engineering of bone and cartilage.

Dr. David Grieger, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science and Industry, College of Agriculture, Kansas State University. Related expertise: bovine reproductive physiology reproductive technology and molecular endocrinology.

Dr. Duy Hua, KSU Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University. Related expertise: selective delivery of anticancer drugs utilizing nanogel or nanoparticles with stem cells; development of novel small-molecule anti-cancer drugs.

Dr. Bradley Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, College of Agriculture, Kansas State University. Related expertise: Muscle cell culture in food animals, RNA Quantification, flow cytometry, immunocytochemistry and radioimmunoassay. Interests include elucidating factors important in food animal muscle growth and development.

Dr. Jeff Katz, Professor of Management, College of Business Administration, Kansas State University. Related expertise: technology commercialization, strategic planning, strategy development, business planning and performance assessment.

Dr. Shuting Lei, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, Kansas State University. Relevant expertise: manufacturing systems.

Dr. Dingbo Lin, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University. Related expertise: Protein kinase C gamma in optic nerve and cerebellum. Using stem cells to investigate the function of PKCg in neuroprotection.

Dr. J.P. Perchellet, Professor, Division of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University. Relative expertise: Development and testing of novel small molecule anti-cancer drugs; investigation of mechanisms involved in anti-cancer effect.

Dr. David Poole, Professor, Departments of Kinesiology, College of Arts and Sciences and Anatomy and Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. Relevant expertise: Muscle physiology spanning both cardiac and skeletal muscle, with emphasis on effects of exercise.

Dr. Gita N. Ramaswamy, Professor, Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design, College of Human Ecology, Kansas State University. Related Expertise: Nanowebs of Hyaluronic acid complexed with poly-lactic acid, polyglycollic acid and collagen for wound healing and tissue engineering.

Dr. Walter Renberg, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. Related expertise: Orthopedic surgery with a specific interest in using canine cord matrix cells in enhancement of fracture and tendon repair. Interests include blood vessel synthesis and transplantation.

Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. Related expertise: Beta cell insulin secretion and clinical companion animal diabetes, using stem cells to study development of beta cell exocytotic pathways and as a potential treatment of naturally-occurring diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats.

Dr. X. Susan Sun, Professor, Bio-Materials & Technology Lab, Department of Grain Sciences and Industry, College of Agriculture, Kansas State University. Related expertise: Bio-based polymers and composites, including thermal and rheological behaviors and functional properties of cereal related polymeric ingredients in adhesives, plastics and composites.

Dr. Dee Takemoto, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University. Related expertise: Biochemist and molecular biologist working in vision and ophthalmology, specifically retinal biology and the use of stem cells in the repair and replacement of retinal cells.

Dr. Masaaki Tamura, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. Relevant expertise: Protein chemist working in the area of angiotensin and its signaling in lung and colon cancer.

Dr. Melinda Wilkerson, Associate Professor and Director of Flow Cytometry/Clinical Immunology Laboratory, Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. Related expertise: Flow cytometry and the separation of stem cells into discrete populations.

Dr. Carol Wyatt, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Flow Cytometry Facility, Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. Related expertise: Flow cytometry and the separation of stem cells into discrete populations.

As an on-going principle, scientists who are principle investigators in externally funded grants coming to the institute will be designated as fellows. Other collaborators with related research interests will be designated associate fellows.