Public list of researchers behind the first approved embryonic stem cell grants in California

sacramentoLittle history: SAN FRANCISCO, February 16, 2007 – The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) approved 72 grants totaling approximately $45 million over two years, to researchers at 20 academic and non-profit research centers throughout the state focused solely on human embryonic stem cell research.
So here is what the future of embryonic stem cells looks like: Stanford scholars were preferred the most by CIRM, in the first run 12 grants worth a combined $8 million were distributed to them. Well, I wouldn’t be surprised too much if the founders of the coming Google Incorporation of Regenerative Medicine in the biotechnology industry were from Stanford University also.
38 projects have been already listed and linked that were recommended for funding. But now from the press release pdf at the CIRM website we are finally informed about the names of the researchers who will carry on the projects. It is also an excellent career guide for young stem cell researchers, undergraduates, graduates, postdocs who are eager to work in California. Surprisingly there are scholars, who are completely new in stem cell research, but would like to put it in a multidisciplinary context. A good example is Gregory T. A. Kovacs electrical engineering professor from Stanford, who will develop cell-monitoring technologies that would provide a better understanding of cardiomyocyte differentiation from human embryonic stem cells (hESC), identify optimal stages of differentiation for cell-transplantation therapy, and perhaps facilitate directed in vitro differentiation strategies.
The list is public:

pplication#   Principal Investigator   Institution   Title   Amount
RS1-00161-1   Blelloch, Dr. Robert Hector   University of California, San Francisco   MicroRNA Regulation of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Differentiation   $631,831
RS1-00163-1   Bredesen, Dr. Dale Eric   Buck Institute for Age Research   Programmed Cell Death Pathways Activated in Embryonic Stem Cells   $734,202
RS1-00169-1   Cashman, Dr. John R.   Human BioMolecular Research Institute   Discovering Potent Molecules with Human ESCs to Treat Heart Disease   $714,654
RS1-00170-1   Chen, Dr. Bin   University of California, Santa Cruz   In vitro differentiation of hESCs into corticospinal motor neurons   $500,000
RS1-00171-1   Chen, Dr. Huei-Sheng Vincent   Burnham Institute for Medical Research   Development of Neuro-Coupled Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Cardiac Pacemaker Cells.   $744,639
RS1-00172-1   Chen, Dr. Irvin S.Y.   University of California, Los Angeles   Genetic modification of the human genome to resist HIV-1 infection and/or disease progression   $642,652
RS1-00173-1   Chien, Professor Shu   University of California, San Diego   Combinatorial Platform for Optimizing Microenvironments to Control hESC Fate   $638,140
RS1-00174-1   Choe, Dr. Senyon   The Salk Institute for Biological Studies   A method to maintain and propagate pluripotent human ES cells   $796,348
RS1-00183-1   Cooke, Dr. John P   Stanford University   EC regeneration in cerebrovascular ischemia: role of NO   $658,125
RS1-00193-1   Duester, Dr. Gregg   Burnham Institute for Medical Research   Retinoic Acid-FGF Antagonism during Motor Neuron Differentiation of Human ES Cells   $759,000
RS1-00195-1   Emerson, Dr. Beverly M.   The Salk Institute for Biological Studies   Regulation of Specific Chromosomal Boundary Elements by CTCF Protein Complexes in Human Embryonic Stem Cells   $678,788
RS1-00198-1   Evans, Professor Sylvia M.   University of California, San Diego   Specification of Ventricular Myocyte and Pacemaker Lineages Utilizing Human Embryonic Stem Cells   $609,999
RS1-00199-1   Feldheim, Dr. David   University of California, Santa Cruz   Assessing the role of Eph/ephrin signaling in hESC growth and differentiation   $499,999
RS1-00200-1   Freeze, Dr. Hudson H.   Burnham Institute for Medical Research   Role of Glycans in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Conversion to Neural Precursor Cells   $759,000
RS1-00203-1   Galic, Dr. Zoran   University of California, Los Angeles   Genetic Enhancement of the Immune Response to Melanoma via hESC-derived T cells   $642,501
RS1-00205-1   Ghosh, Dr. Anirvan   University of California, San Diego   Generation of forebrain neurons from human embryonic stem cells   $612,075
RS1-00207-1   Giudice, Dr. Linda C.   University of California, San Francisco   Human Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation to Trophoblast: Basic Biology and Clinical Translation to Improve Human Fertility   $640,399
RS1-00210-1   Greene, Dr. Warner C.   The J. David Gladstone Institutes   The APOBEC3 Gene Family as Guardians of Genome Stability in Human Embryonic Stem Cells   $777,467
RS1-00215-1   Guo, Dr. Su   University of California, San Francisco   Identifying small molecules that stimulate the differentiation of hESCs into dopamine-producing neurons   $564,309
RS1-00222-1   Hinton, Dr. David R   University of Southern California   Therapeutic potential of Retinal Pigment Epithelial cell lines derived from hES cells for retinal degeneration.   $684,322
RS1-00225-1   Huang, Dr. Ziwei   Burnham Institute for Medical Research   New Chemokine-Derived Therapeutics Targeting Stem Cell Migration   $759,000
RS1-00228-1   Jamieson, Dr. Catriona   University of California, San Diego   Derivation and Characterization of Cancer Stem Cells from Human ES Cells   $642,500
RS1-00236-1   Kay, Dr. Mark A   Stanford University   Novel vectors for gene transfer into human ES cells   $640,642
RS1-00239-1   Khine, Dr. Michelle   University of California, Merced   Micro Platform for Controlled Cardiac Myocyte Differentiation   $363,707
RS1-00242-1   Kovacs, Professor Gregory T. A.   Stanford University   Technology for hESC-Derived Cardiomyocyte Differentiation and Optimization of Graft-Host Integration in Adult Myocardium   $634,287
RS1-00243-1   Kuo, Dr. Calvin Jay   Stanford University   Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Intestinal Fates   $578,943
RS1-00245-1   Kurdistani, Dr. Siavash K   University of California, Los Angeles   Cellular epigenetic diversity as a blueprint for defining the identity and functional potential of human embryonic stem cells   $641,047
RS1-00249-1   Lawlor, Dr. Elizabeth R   Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles   hESC as tools to investigate the neural crest origin of Ewing’s sarcoma   $675,001
RS1-00259-1   Lowry, Dr. William E   University of California, Los Angeles   Modeling Human Embryonic Development with Human Embryonic Stem Cells   $571,575
RS1-00262-1   Lu, Dr. Wange   University of Southern California   Regulation of human neural progenitor cell proliferation by Ryk-mediated Wnt signaling   $668,987
RS1-00271-1   McConnell, Professor Susan K   Stanford University   Optimization of guidance response in human embryonic stem cell derived midbrain dopaminergic neurons in development and disease   $633,170
RS1-00280-1   Murre, Professor Cornelis   University of California, San Diego   Generation of long-term cultures of human hematopoietic multipotent progenitors from embryonic stem cells   $538,211
RS1-00283-1   Oshima, Dr. Robert G.   Burnham Institute for Medical Research   Trophoblast differentiation of human ES cells.   $748,240
RS1-00288-1   Pfaff, Dr. Samuel L.   The Salk Institute for Biological Studies   Gene regulatory mechanisms that control spinal neuron differentiation from hES cells.   $807,749
RS1-00289-1   Pirrung, Professor Michael C   University of California, Riverside   Stem Cell Survival and Differentiation Through Chemical Genetics   $543,987
RS1-00292-1   Ren, Bing   Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research   Mapping the transcriptional regulatory elements in the genome of hESC   $691,489
RS1-00295-1   Robey, Professor Ellen A   University of California, Berkeley   In Vitro Differentiation of T cells from Human Embryonic Stem Cells.   $499,999
RS1-00298-1   Sage, Julien   Stanford University   Functions of RB family proteins in human embryonic stem cells   $520,777
RS1-00302-1   Schultz, Professor Peter G   Scripps Research Institute   A Chemical Approach to Stem Cell Biology   $784,900
RS1-00305-1   Smotrich, Dr. David   Burnham Institute for Medical Research   Generation of hESC lines, under defined conditions, modeling normal & diseased states from material stored at the Burnham shared embryo bank.   $638,000
RS1-00313-1   Teitell, Dr. Michael Alan   University of California, Los Angeles   Role of Mitochondria in Self-Renewal Versus Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells   $635,024
RS1-00317-1   Verdin, Dr. Eric M.   The J. David Gladstone Institutes   Role of HDAC in human stem cells pluripotentiality and differentiation   $790,999
RS1-00319-1   Wandless, Professor Thomas J.   Stanford University   Reprogramming Differentiated Human Cells to a Pluripotent State   $647,681
RS1-00321-1   Weinberg, Dr. Kenneth I   Stanford University   Embryonic stem cell-derived thymic epithelial cells   $658,057
RS1-00322-1   Wu, Joseph C   Stanford University   In Vivo Imaging of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Derivatives and Tumorigenicity   $658,123
RS1-00323-1   Wysocka, Professor Joanna   Stanford University   Role of Chromatin Modifiers in Regulating Human Embryonic Stem Cell Pluripotency   $658,126
RS1-00326-1   Yang, Dr. Phillip Chung-Ming   Stanford University   In Vivo Molecular Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Human Embryonic Stem Cells in Murine Model of Myocardial Infarction   $658,125
RS1-00327-1   Ying, Dr. Qilong   University of Southern California   Self-renewal of human embryonic stem cells   $663,209
RS1-00331-1   Zhang, Dr. Zhuohua   Burnham Institute for Medical Research   Modeling Parkinson’s Disease Using Human Embryonic Stem Cells   $758,999
RS1-00333-1   Zheng, Dr. Binhai   University of California, San Diego   Genetic manipulation of human embryonic stem cells and its application in studying CNS development and repair   $642,361
RS1-00365-1   Bertozzi, Professor Carolyn Ruth   University of California, Berkeley   Profiling surface glycans and glycoprotein expression of human embryonic stem cells   $498,409
RS1-00377-1   Cummings, Dr. Brian John   University of California, Irvine   The Immunological Niche: Effect of immunosuppressant drugs on stem cell proliferation, gene expression, and differentiation in a model of spinal cord injury.   $619,223
RS1-00381-1   Daldrup-Link, Dr. Heike E.   University of California, San Francisco   Labeling of human embryonic stem cells with iron oxide nanoparticles and fluorescent dyes for a non-invasive cell depiction with MR imaging and optical imaging   $251,088
RS1-00402-1   Kasahara, Dr. Noriyuki   University of California, Los Angeles   Down-Regulation of Alloreactive Immune Responses to hES Cell-Derived Graft Tissues   $469,219
RS1-00404-1   Kim, Dr. Seung K.   Stanford University   Patient-specific cells with nuclear transfer   $656,074
RS1-00408-1   Laird, Professor Peter William   University of Southern California   Screening for Oncogenic Epigenetic Alterations in Human ES Cells   $685,000
RS1-00409-1   Lane, Dr. Thomas Edward   University of California, Irvine   Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Remyelination in a Viral Model of Demyelination   $425,594
RS1-00413-1   Limoli, Professor Charles L.   University of California, Irvine   Using human embryonic stem cells to treat radiation-induced stem cell loss: Benefits vs cancer risk   $625,617
RS1-00416-1   MacGregor, Dr. Grant R   University of California, Irvine   Production of Oocytes from Human ES Cells   $623,781
RS1-00420-1   Mikkola, Dr. Hanna   University of California, Los Angeles   Improving microenvironments to promote hematopoietic stem cell development from human embryonic stem cells   $577,037
RS1-00428-1   O’Connor, Dr. Timothy R.   City of Hope National Medical Center   Sources of Genetic Instability in Human Embryonic Stem Cells.   $357,978
RS1-00432-1   Procaccio, Dr. Vincent   University of California, Irvine   Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Embryonic Stem Cells   $632,500
RS1-00434-1   Ramalho-Santos, Miguel   University of California, San Francisco   Transcriptional Regulation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells   $618,901
RS1-00444-1   Tlsty, Dr. Thea D.   University of California, San Francisco   Role of the tumor suppressor gene, p16INK4a, in regulating stem cell phenotypes in embryonic stem cells and human epithelial cells.   $639,150
RS1-00449-1   Weaver, Dr. Valerie Marie   University of California, San Francisco   Force, Dimensionality and Stem Cell Fate   $561,082
RS1-00452-1   Willenbring, Dr. Holger   University of California, San Francisco   Induction of pluripotency in fibroblasts by fusion with enucleated human embryonic stem cell syncytia   $342,962
RS1-00453-1   Yamoah, Ebenezer N.   University of California, Davis   Hair Cells and Spiral Ganglion Neuron Differentiation from Human Embryonic Stem Cells   $469,327
RS1-00455-1   Yokomori, Kyoko   University of California, Irvine   Derivation and characterization of human ES cells from FSHD embryos   $632,500
RS1-00462-1   Gao, Dr. Fen-Biao   The J. David Gladstone Institutes   MicroRNAs in Human Stem Cell Differentiation and Mental Disorders   $791,000
RS1-00464-1   Reddi, Professor Hari A   University of California, Davis   hESCs for Articular Cartilage Regeneration   $367,650
RS1-00466-1   Terskikh, Dr. Alexey   Burnham Institute for Medical Research   Analysis of Candidate Neural Crest Cells Derived from Human ES Cells   $759,000
RS1-00477-1   Sauer, Dr. Frank Uwe   University of California, Riverside   Non-coding RNA as tool for the active control of stem cell differentiation   $595,469
                 
           

Total $44,839,926