Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

at the University of Washington

Core Faculty

Jennifer R. Chao MD, PhD

University of Washington
Ophthalmology
Associate Professor

Email: jrchao@uw.edu

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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