Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

at the University of Washington

Core Faculty

Jennifer R. Chao MD, PhD

University of Washington
Associate Professor


Our team studies inherited retinal degenerations and focuses on potential treatment modalities.  Our projects involve the generation of patient-specific stem cells from individuals with retinal degenerative diseases, including Sorsby Fundus Dystrophy, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and Usher Syndrome.  We generate retinal cells from these patient- and disease-specific stem cells and work to create accurate models of a “disease in a dish”.  Our goal is to use our models to better understand disease mechanisms and to discover potential therapeutics that ameliorate the blinding effects of these diseases. 

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