Professor of medicine and pharmacology and regenerative medicine
Stem cell biologist and cardiologist Dr. Jalees Rehman, professor of medicine and pharmacology and regenerative medicine in the UIC College of Medicine, studies tissue regeneration and repair. His goal is to determine the therapeutic potential of embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells and other regenerative cells to treat disease.
His most recent research into how stem cells guide the development of tissues led to the discovery that certain stem cells in bone marrow, called mesenchymal stem cells, are crucial for organizing endothelial cells into functioning blood vessels, and he and his colleagues identified epigenetic switches that turn stem cells into blood-vessel cells. He is also investigating how metabolism in cells drives their ability to regenerate and repair damaged tissues.
Rehman writes about the process of scientific inquiry for the Scilogs blogging network.
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