Michael T. Chin MD, PhD
University of Washington
I am interested in several questions regarding regeneration of the heart. Specifically, I am interested in identifying and characterizing genes that promote the differentiation of stem cells into heart and vascular cells; identifying ways to promote the maturation of immature cardiac cells into mature and functional cardiac cells, and in identifying ways to convert existing fibroblasts into mature cardiac cells. Ultimately we hope to develop a personalized medicine approach where patient derived cells can be harvested and banked for future use in regenerating damaged hearts.