Using Stem Cells to Study Autism
(2/8/2012) 72 minutes


Ricardo Dolmetsch's group at Stanford University has developed methods for using induced pluripotent stem cells to study human brain development and for identifying cell and molecular phenotypes associated with disease. His laboratory has also made significant contributions to calcium signaling including the identification of signaling pathways that connect calcium channels to gene activation and the identification of the mechanisms of activation of store operated calcium channels. The lab has also developed several new technologies to study cell signaling including enzyme complementation systems to measure protein interactions in cells and light-activated signaling proteins to control biochemical cascades.

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