Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering at UC Santa Barbara

Overview

Overview

The mission of the UCSB Center in Stem Cell Biology and Engineering is to foster an interdisciplinary program of stem cell research and teaching in the emerging field of regenerative medicine.

Research

Research

Three general areas of stem cell research are being investigated: Molecular Mechanisms, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, and Regenerative Medicine. Combining these approaches, researchers are able to investigate targeted diseases in a multidisciplinary fashion.

Training

Training

A grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine was awarded to UCSB to develop a graduate and postdoctoral training program in stem cell research.

Facilities

Facilities

A shared laboratory has been established free of federal funding to allow research on all stem cell lines.

Garland Initiative for Vision: Amgen founder Bill Bowes gives $5 million to develop stem cell therapy for ocular disease

Amgen founder Bill Bowes gives $5 million to develop stem cell therapy for ocular disease; donation launches EMBODI, new biomedical initiative

By growing new retinal cells to replace those that have malfunctioned, scientists hope to one day create and fuse entire layers of fresh cells –– a synthetic patch akin to a contact lens –– as a treatment for age-related macular degeneration, the top cause of visual impairment among people over 60.