Photo: Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD
Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD
Year elected: 2015
Current membership category: Senior
University of California, San Francisco
Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building (RMB)
35 Medical Center Way
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States of America
Phone: 415-476-2838

Biographical statement

Stem cells exist both in the developing embryo and in many organs of the adult organism. Differentiation of these cells is tightly regulated so that their progeny become increasingly specialized and lose the potential to revert or transform into other cell types. This regulation is very important both to maintain organ function and to avoid the possibility of uncontrolled cell growth, the basis of cancer. Our laboratory is interested in determining the molecular mechanisms that direct and stabilize cellular differentiation. The goal is to control the differentiation and de-differentiation of cells in order to regenerate tissues for replacement therapies as well as develop novel means for treating cancer.

Institutional affiliations

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (Primary)
Suneil K. Koliwad, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.


Developmental Biology