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 over $164 million in accelerating stem cell research, cures and commercialization, in addition to building a collaborative stem cell community in our region. Below is a list of our most current awardees.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Michael Barbato

Mentor: Dr. Elias Zambidis

Epigenetic Regulation of Vascular Differentiation from Human Nave Pluripotent Stem Cells

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Chelsey Dunham

Mentor: Dr. Sharon Gerecht

3D In Vitro and In Vivo Models to Study Vascular Graft Remodeling in Atherosclerosis

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Joanna Hagen

Mentor: Dr. Robert Johnston

Establishing Macaque Organoids as a Model to Understand Primate Retinal Development and Advance Stem Cell-Based Therapies

Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Dr. Ramesh Marasini

Mentor: Dr. Jeff WM Bulte

In vivo Imaging of Stem Cell-Derived Extracellular Vesicles using Positive Contrast MRI

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.