Stem Cell Unit
The NIH Stem Cell Unit (l-r): Kye-Yoon Park, Barbara Mallon, Rebecca Hamilton, and Kevin Chen.
To allow scientists to select which lines are most suitable for their intended experiments, the research community has consistently requested that available cell lines be more fully characterized.
To address this important need, the NIH Intramural Research Program has created the NIH Stem Cell Unit (SCU). The SCU has established a database to which hESC
lines, adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells may be
directly compared. These data give scientists the information they need when
choosing individual cell lines for specific projects.
The Unit's main goal is to identify—and share with the research community—the similarities and differences between the hESC lines when subjected to a standardized paradigm.
The assays performed by this Unit are overseen by a steering committee of leading stem cell biologists in both the extramural and NIH intramural research community. Pamela Gehron Robey, Ph.D. of NIDCR is the Acting Director and provides day-to-day direction.