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Cell Sheet Tissue Engineering Center

Cell Sheet Tissue Engineering Center

Research Interests:

Development and commercialization of allogeneic, off-the-shelf, cell sheet regenerative therapies for large unmet medical needs in regenerative medicine. Disease areas of interest include:

  • Articular cartilage defects
  • Kidney fibrosis
  • Liver Disease
  • Hyposalivation
  • Uterine fibrosis

Team members:

**Address is the same for all members: L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Institute 30 S. 2000 E., Room 2800, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112; Phone: 801-585-0070; Fax: 801-581-3674


Prof. Teruo Okano, Ph.D.

Co-director; Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Molecular Pharmaceutics; Emeritus Professor at Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU)

Degrees: Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 1979; M.S. Polymer Chemistry, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan 1976; B.S. Applied Chemistry, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan 1974

Prof. David Grainger, Ph.D.

Co-director; Distinguished Professor of Molecular Pharmaceutics; past Inaugural George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair of Molecular Pharmaceutics; Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering

Degrees: Ph.D. Molecular Pharmaceutics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1987; B.A. Engineering modified with Chemistry, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1983

Other team members:

Mime Egami

Adjunct Professor

Sumako Kameishi, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Masatoshi Oka, M.D., Ph.D.

Visiting Scientist

Nico Metzler

Graduate Student

Makoto Kondo, D.Sc.

Assistant Professor

Celia Dunn

Graduate Student

Keisuke Matsukura, M.D.

Visiting Scientist