2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: undeclared
Supported by: Dean of Research
Mentor: Steven Artandi, Medicine (Hematology) and Biochemistry

Chester’s research looks into the effect of telomerase, the immortality enzyme that elongates telomeres in cell chromosomes, on neural stem cell activity. Loss of neural stem cells, which promote development of new neurons, may lead to age-related cognitive loss and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. This project examines the proliferation and regeneration of telomerase-positive neural stem cells, with the ultimate goal of manipulating their function to treat neurodegenerative disorders.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2015:

Fate Mapping of Telomerase Expressing Cells from Neural Stem Cell Niche

Chester Thai1,  Chandresh Gajera1, Steven Artandi1,2
[Departments of Hematology1 and Biochemistry2, Stanford University]