Prof. Dafna Benayahu

Nano manipulation of stem cells differentiation to become biomedical devices



Our lab's interest is to follow the differentiation of skeletal stem cells and their lineage fate. The balance between skeletal stem cells and the adipose lineage is studied at the cellular and molecular biology levels.


In sillico characterization using bioinformatics of genes profiling and identification of biomarkers networks to identify markers for stem cells. Recent projects we gave shown that biomechanics play a role in the stem cells activation and function under normal physiology and along aging.


The ultimate goal of the research is to study how to improve the stem cells functionality. Such knowledge will provide novel approaches to combat skeletal changes due to aging or metabolic disease. The use of stem cell is also developed towards tissue regeneration along with development of novel collagen-based-scaffold. 


Research methods used include bioinformatics, gene cloning, qRT-PCR, cell biology analysis including immunofluorescence, scanning electron microscopy and biochemistry. Nanotechnology combines the cell fate differentiation with multidisciplinary approaches for the development new plat formed for cell analysis.


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