Pera laboratory: Human pluripotent stem cells

Research Overview

Pera's laboratory is focused on the extrinsic mechanisms that regulate self renewal and early lineage commitment of human pluripotent stem cells.  The group is particularly interested in early neural progenitors and the development of human cortical neurons.  We are also studying a new marker for progenitor populations in tissues of endodermal origin, which has applications in isolation and characterization of normal and malignant liver and pancreatic progenitor cells.

Current Projects

Stem Cell States and Fates:

The nature of human pluripotent stem cells and their early lineage specification

Cerebral Cortex in a Dish:

Differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into the neural lineage and cortical neurons

Novel Marker for Stem and Progenitor Cells of Liver and Pancreas:

Isolation and characterization of endodermal stem cells, new diagnostic tools for cancer of the liver and pancreas

Research Projects

This Research Group doesn't currently have any projects

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Professor Martin Pera

Department / Centre

Anatomy and Neuroscience