The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and autism now can be studied with mature brain cells reprogrammed from skin cells

A research team led by Huck Institutes affiliate Gong Chen has developed a new method for obtaining mature neurons from reprogrammed skin cells, allowing difficult-to-study diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and autism to be probed more safely and effectively.

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Gong Chen, the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences and a professor of biology at Penn State, is a faculty member of the Huck Institutes' graduate programs in cell and developmental biology, genetics, molecular medicine, and neuroscience as well as a researcher in the Center for Cellular Dynamics and the Center for Molecular Investigation of Neurological Disorders.