2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Giles Plant, Neurosurgery

Joseph’s project will be exploring the changes that take place in a model of cervical spinal cord injury after transplanting human stem cells. These specialized cells have been changed to respond to light stimulation; it is hoped that once transplanted, they will be able to cause changes or even repair the circuits of the brain and spinal cord.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

Optogenetic Stimulation of iPSC-Derived Corticospinal Motor Neurons for Spinal Cord Injury

Joseph Kirollos1, James Weiman2, Giles Plant2
[Departments of Biology1 and Neurosurgery2, Stanford University]