Deepthi RajendranNair Sreerengam

Title(s)Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
Address1333 San Pablo St.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, India, IndiaPh.D04/2017Stem cells and Molecular Cardiology

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    Deepthi Nair earned her bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Biotechnology from the University of Kerala, India, and her Ph.D. in Stem cells and Molecular Cardiology from SCTIMST, Kerala, India. During her Ph.D., she gained a strong background in both experimental and translational stem cell biology and earned expertise in establishing stem cell cultures from both human and animal tissues. She explored the potential of human cardiac stem cells and bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in myocardial regeneration. The focus of the study was to examine the response of stem cells to Hypoxia Reoxygenation injury (HR injury). During her postdoctoral period at USC, she was working with two different NIH-funded RO-1 research projects focused on curing blindness based on cell replacement therapies. During this period, she was working with the differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) into Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), and retinal organoids. She worked on constructing RPE-organoid co-grafts for transplantation experiments into the subretinal space of retina degenerative animal models. In addition to that she worked with the isolation of photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells from retinal organoids. Ultrasound stimulation in retina degenerative animals and an optic nerve crush model is another project she collaborated. Her current works include research on different types of tissue-engineered, cell-laden biomaterials which can be used for retinal applications.