International Conference on

Cell and Stem Cell Research

Mahendra S. Rao

Mahendra S. Rao

Founding Director
National Institutes of Health


Mahendra Rao received his MD (MBBS) from Bombay University in India and his PhD in Developmental Neurobiology from the California Institute of Technology. Mahendra Rao is internationally known for his research involving, IPSC (induced pluripotent stem cells), human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and other somatic stem cells. He has worked in the stem cell field for more than twenty years with stints in academia, government and regulatory affairs and industry. Most recently he was the founding director of the NIH (National Institutes of Health- USA) Center of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Rao has published more than 350 papers on stem cell research and is the co-founder of a neural stem cell company Q therapeutics based in Salt lake City (Utah) and more recently NxCell based in California. Dr. Rao has also served on advisory panels to the governments of the U.S., Singapore and India on hESC and iPSC policy. Dr. Rao continues to serve on s scientific advisory boards, journal editorial boards and oversight committees and will continue to serve on regulatory forums and as the CIRM and ISSCR liaison to the ISCT. Dr. Rao also provides consultative services to stem cell companies through Mahendra Rao LLC.

Research Interest

stem cell

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