2011 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Bioengineering
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Helen Blau, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

Steven is a sophomore intending to major in bioengineering and currently studying the effects of aging and microenvironmental niches on skeletal muscle stem cell self-renewal and regenerative properties. His current project investigates the effects that small-molecule compounds have on signaling pathways involved with muscle stem cell function and regeneration in mouse transplants and ex vivo. As an active member of the Stanford Archery Team, Steven enjoys training with his recurve bow as well as coaching beginner archers and competing in tournaments. In his free time, Steven likes to build and modify computers, one of which is entirely water-cooled.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 17, 2011:

Proliferation and Signaling Behaviors Controlling Muscle Stem Cell Self-Renewal/Expansion Within an Bioengineered Niche Culture Platform

Steven Lee1, Ben Cosgrove2, Helen Blau3
[Departments of Bioengineering1, Radiology2, Microbiology & Immunology3; Stanford University]