LAB MEMBERS

Meet our CSTEC@Utah Team

TERUO OKANO, PHD

Director

Professor Teruo Okano is currently an Emeritus Professor at Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU) in Tokyo, Japan. He is also a distinguished adjunct professor in the University of Utah Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and is the co-director of CSTEC@Utah. 
He pioneered cell sheet engineering technology by developing the temperature-responsive polymer coated dishes necessary for creating and harvesting cell sheets.

DAVID GRAINGER, PHD

Director

Professor David Grainger is a University Distinguished Professor in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. He is also a co-director of CSTEC@Utah.
Grainger has helped co-found 3 biomedical technology companies, sits on the Scientific Advisory boards for 4 biomedical companies, and actively consults internationally with industries in applications of materials in biotechnologies and medicine.

MIME EGAMI

Adjunct Professor

Professor Egami is an Adjunct Professor in the department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. She has been acting as Chief Medical Innovation Officer and Visiting Professor at the Tokyo Women's Medical University and Waseda University Joint Institute of Biomedical Sciences (TWIns) for 10 years. Professor Egami is also the Vice Chair of Industry Committee for the Japan Society of Regenerative Medicine and a board member for TERMIS. She has 20 year experience in the field of global corporate finance advisory at international financial institutions.

KYUNGSOOK KIM, PHD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kyungsook Kim is a research assistant professor in the University of Utah Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She received her PhD at TWIns where she was focused on 3-D functional hepatic tissue fabrication to treat liver disease. She is now focused on the development of allogeneic cell sheet application for various treatments at the University of Utah.

SUMAKO KAMEISHI, PHD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Sumako Kameishi is a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Utah Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Biomedical Science, Waseda University, TWIns. Her overall research goal is to seek a correlation between cell properties and microenvironment using epithelial cells, endothelial cells, and mesenchymal stem cells. Currently, she focuses on therapeutic potentials of various MSCs as cell sheets for treatment of fibrosis.

MAKOTO KONDO, DSC

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Makoto Kondo is a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Utah Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He received his D.Sc. from Waseda University through research conducted at TWIns. His research focused on epithelial regenerative medicine and was supported by a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1). He further studied stem cell biology and hematology at the Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet with a Toyobo Biotechnology Foundation long-term research fellowship. He is currently involved in pre-clinical research for articular cartilage regeneration, investigating therapeutic action of allogeneic chondrocyte sheets.

MASATOSHI OKA, MD, PHD

Visiting Scientist

Dr. Oka is a visiting scientist within the University of Utah Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He obtained his MD from Yamanashi University in Japan, and his PhD from Tokyo Women's Medical University at TWIns in 2018. He completed his internal medicine residency at Toranomon Hospital in Tokyo and a nephrology fellowship at Tokyo Women's Medical University and Kameda Medical Center. His research interests focus on developing therapies for kidney fibrosis and studying hepatocyte growth factor, renal vascular, and cell sheet therapies.

HALLIE THORP

Graduate Research Assistant

Hallie is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student who joined the lab in 2015. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Technology Innovation from Boston University in 2015. Her PhD thesis focuses on developing allogeneic MSC sheets for translational articular cartilage regeneration. She received the Whitaker International Fellowship in 2016/2017, and completed a year of her research (May 2017-2018) at TWIns in Tokyo, Japan under the guidance of Professor Takanori Iwata.

SOPHIA BOU-GHANNAM

Graduate Research Assistant

Sophia is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student who joined the lab in 2015. She received her BS in biomedical engineering from the University of Florida in 2015. Her PhD thesis focuses on developing allogeneic cell sheets for clinically translational cardiac regeneration. She received the Whitaker International Fellowship in 2017/2018 and completed a year of her research (December 2017-2018) at TWIns in Tokyo, Japan under the guidance of Professor Katsuhisa Matsura.

CELIA DUNN

Graduate Research Assistant

Celia is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student who joined the lab in 2017. She received her BS in biomedical engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering from University of Rhode Island in 2017. Her PhD thesis focuses on developing allogeneic cell sheets for treatment of fibrosis.

NICO METZLER

Graduate Research Assistant

Nico is a  Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate who joined the lab in 2017. He received a BS in BME with a minor in Materials Science and Engineering in 2016 from Georgia Tech. His PhD work focuses on the combined use of allogeneic MSC and chondrocyte cell sheets for articular cartilage regeneration.

Past Members

  • Goro Kuramoto, MD, PhD

  • Dong Yun Lee, PhD

  • Manshu Tang, PhD

  • Nakao Mitsuyoshi, PhD

  • Sophia Uhlhorn

  • Hyungshik Kim

  • Masanori Takaira 

COLLABORATORS

TRAVIS MAAK, MD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah and Head Orthopaedic Team Physician for the Utah Jazz

ANGELA WANG, MD

Associate Professor in the University of Utah Department of Orthopedics

DOUGLAS HUTCHISON, MD

Professor in the University of Utah Department of Orthopaedics
Chief of Hand Surgery at Primary Children's Medical Center
Adjunct Professor in the University of Utah Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Physical Therapy

OLGA BAKER, DDS, PHD

Associate Professor in the University of Utah School of Dentistry

KIHOON NAM, PHD

Research Professor in the University of Utah School of Dentistry

BOB SILVER, MD

Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Utah Health Sciences Center
Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Co-Director of the Division of Labor and Delivery
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences

STEERING BOARD

The CSTEC Steering Board reviews research activities including translational efforts and
industry collaboration.


Michael L. Good, MD , CEO of University of Utah Health has organized the CSTEC Steering
Board under his designated chair chair Professor Willard H. Dere MD, Associate Vice President
for Research University of Utah Health along with other senior professors of the University of
Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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