Bio-X Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Czechowicz’s current research is aimed primarily at understanding how hematopoietic stem cells interact with their microenvironment in order to subsequently modulate these interactions to ultimately improve bone marrow transplantation and unlock biological secrets that further enable regenerative medicine broadly. She is interested in increasing our basic science understanding of these interactions and also developing new novel therapies that stem from this work to expand treatment options for a wide variety of pediatric and adult diseases. Her group is primarily focused on studying the cell surface receptors on hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells and bone marrow stromal cells, and is actively learning how manipulating these can alter cell state and cell fate. Her group is using cells and serum from both mice and primary specimens from healthy and diseased patients for these studies and using a variety of exciting new tools and methods to unlock future discoveries. There are many exciting opportunities that stem from her work across a variety of disease states ranging from rare genetic diseases, autoimmune diseases, solid organ transplantation, microbiome and cancer. While her group is primarily focused on blood and immune diseases, the expanded potential of this work is much broader and can be applied to other organ systems as well and she is very eager to develop collaborations across disease areas.