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Center for Cell Fate and Therapeutics

A multidisciplinary program focused on understanding the mechanisms that govern cell identity, fate and plasticity and how derangement of these processes lead to disease.

Ideas and People Transform Us.

University of Virginia’s Child Health Research Center aims to:

  • Encourage creative, bold, novel ideas.
  • Foster interaction among individuals: seminars, workshops, partnerships, joint grant applications, interactive labs.
  • Facilitate the doing of research: cores, administrative support, mentorship.
  • Develop collaborations with other scientific groups inside and outside UVA.
  • Publicize what we do: website, stationery, cards, visiting professorships.
  • Collaborate with industry, government (NIH), and university partners.
  • Support fundraising to sustain the effort: named laboratories, young faculty rotating chairs, seed grant programs.

2018 Betsy and Stuart Houston Lecture

The University of Virginia was honored to have Klaus Rajewsky, the head of the Immune Regulation and Cancer Group at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, to present the third annual Betsy and Stuart Houston Lecture on November 7, 2018. His lecture, entitled “Targeted mutagenesis and gene repair in modeling and controlling human lymphoid disorders.”, was given in front of a full house at the Medical Education Building Auditorium. In addition, a live airing was available to attendees on screen in a separate area.
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Congrats to UVA CHRC Director, Dr. Ariel Gomez!


The American Heart Association awarded CHRC Director, Dr. Ariel Gomez, its 2016 Excellence Award for Hypertension Research.  This is the most prestigious award given to an individual who has “made a meritorious discovery” in the area of hypertension research.  Dr. Gomez’s research focuses on renin cells, which are responsible for producing renin, an enzyme-hormone that regulates blood pressure and the composition of our body fluids and electrolytes.  He was recently featured in a UVA today article. Click below to read more.

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