The Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) is focused on identifying and fostering cutting-edge research and innovation in the field of regenerative medicine in Maryland. Our Accelerating Cures initiative comprises programs that help transition human stem cell-based technologies from the bench to the bedside as well as mechanisms to build and grow stem cell companies in Maryland. Since 2007, MSCRF has invested close to $200 million in accelerating stem cell research, cures and commercialization, in addition to building a collaborative stem cell community in our region. Discover how the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund Accelerates Cures here.

Below is a list of our most current awardees.



Dr. Mandeep Singh

Development of Cellular Component Transfer (CCT) as a Treatment to Restore Vision in Retinitis Pigmentosa

Dr. Luis Alvarez

OASIS: Clinical Investigation of OsteoAdapt SP in Single-level Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Dr. Byoung Chol Oh

A Novel Stem Cell-Based Therapy Utilizing hiPSC-PNSorganoid-Derived Schwann Cells to Enhance Nerve Regeneration in VCA

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Shalini Sharma

Mentor: Dr. Miroslaw Janowski

Magnetic and Radioactive Labeling of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Secreting P2X7-Blocking Nanobody for their Precise Intra-Arterial Delivery in Stroke

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Jinghui Wang

Mentor: Dr. Yajie Liang

Multiphoton Imaging iPSC Derived NPCS Co-Transplanted with Helper Cells Expressing VEGF for Stroke Treatment

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Feiyu Yang

Mentor: Dr. Deok-Ho Kim

Dorsal-Ventral and Rostral-Caudal Patterning of Brain Organoids using a Localized Passive Diffusion-Based Morphogen Gradient Generator

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Ridzky Yuda

Mentor: Dr. MoonJung Jung

Epigenetic Regulation Underlying Chronic Alcohol-Induced Double-Stranded RNA Accumulation and Inflammation in Hematopoietic Stem Progenitor Cells

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Heng Zhao

Mentor: Dr. Dian Arifin

Theranostic Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Derived Extracellular Vesicle-Liposome Hybrids as Adjuvant Therapy for Pancreatic Islet Transplantation

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Cristina Zivko

Mentor: Dr. Vasiliki Machairaki

MALDI-Imaging of iPSC-Derived Hindbrain Organoids as in Vitro Models for Alzheimer’s Disease and Drug Screenings

Manufacturing Assistance
Dr. Evelyn Chukwurah

Enhancement of Capabilities of Existing Cytocentric Xvivo System Model 2 from



Dr. Srinivasa Rao Sripathi

High-Throughput Screen For Small Molecules That Inhibit RPE-EMT as an Approach for Treatment of  AMD

Dr. Patrick Cahan

Distilling Predictive Models of Human Stem Cell Fate Control from Single Cell Omics Data


Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Bo Am Seo

Mentor: Dr. Hanseok Ko

Neurotoxic Astrocyte Secreted-ExoDrp1 Causes Excessive Mitochondrial Fragmentation and Neurodegeneration of Human Dopaminergic Neurons


Annual Reports

Annual reports include profiles and details on past MSCRF awardees, the MSCR Commission, and closed grant awardees.