Reza Izadpanah earned a D.V.M. degree from Tehran University, Tehran, Iran. Then, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in molecular virology from St. Istvan University. After completing postdoctoral trainings in molecular virology and stem cell biology, Izadpanah joined the Faculty of Tulane University, New Orleans, La, USA, where he serves currently as an Assistant Professor at the Heart and Vascular Institute and holds appointments at the Department of Surgery, Center for Aging. Izadpanah’s laboratory focuses on the area of cell and tissue engineering and specializes in stem cell technology and oncology. Izadpanah’s research focuses on human mesenchymal stem cells. Adult stem cells exist as a reservoir for tissue repair during homeostasis. They have a remarkable capacity for self-renewal in an undifferentiated state and can differentiate to replace damaged cells in tissue. It may be possible to harness the unique properties of stem cells to cure disease, regenerate tissue, repair traumatized tissue, and reverse the degenerative effects of aging. As such, these stem cells have potential application to treat a range of disorders including arthritis, heart attack, and cancer. In addition, Izadpanah is investigating the molecular mechanisms of stem cell interactions with tumor and injury sites. In another project, his research group utilizes the stem cell potential in tissue repair in myocardial infarction and acute renal failure.
Biography Updated on 17 April 2012