• Loving that Lab Life.
Row 1 Left to Right: Sarah Shaver, Natalie Bishop, Shelley Tau; Row 2 Left to Right: Joette Crews,  Aleia Hollands, Kayla Hargrove, Emily Baker, Erin Kaiser; Row 3 Left to Right: Franklin West, Holly Kinder, Alexandra Ross; Row 4 Left to Right: Abby Howell, Madelaine Wendzik, Kimberly Straub; Row 5 Left to Right: Kathryn Sellman, Caroline Coleman, Jessica Hutcheson

    The West Lab Team

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    We are a team of researchers that bring together complimentary skills in stem cell biology, magnetic resonance imaging, motor function and behavior analysis to assess therapeutics in transnational…

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  • Three Dimensional MRI Reconstruction of Stoked B...

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Three dimensional reconstruction of MRI in stoke brain. Scans captured on a Siemens 1.5 Tesla magnet.

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    Changing the Therapeutic Paradigm of TBI

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Millions of people each year suffer from neural injury and disease with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke being chief among them. TBI is common in toddler age…

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    iPSC-NSCs with potential

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Our lab is working with induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cell lines (HIP-NSCs) in an effort to examine their potential to regenerate damaged brain tissue after a…

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    Using neural stem cells to study stroke

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    We try to understand the extent to which our stem cell lines are able to form functional neural cells in the stroke environment.

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    Meet our pigs!

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Through pigs like these, we are looking to determine if NSCs can survive and integrate into an injury site within the brain. Someday, we hope this type of…

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    Stereotaxic Injector System

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    Induced pluripotent neural stem cells are transplanted into the penumbra region of the infarct (area of tissue damage) using a stereotaxic injector device.

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    porcine induced pluripotent stem cells

    Sunday, May 1, 2011

    These cells come in as many colors as there maybe potential cures discovered by their use. Pig iPSCs: POU5F1 (red), SOX2 (green), DNA (blue).

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    chimeric pigs generated from iPS cells

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    …and 29 chimeric pigs were born into the world. This is the first derivation of live chimeric animals generated from iPS cells in any species outside of the…

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