Lei Ding, PhD is named a 2017 Schaefer Research Scholar by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons' Dean, Dr. Lee Goldman, and Senior Vice Dean for Research, Dr. Michael Shelanski, for his project titled "Understanding the liver hematopoietic stem cell niche."
Dr. Ding hypothesizes that stellate cells are a critical component of the niche in the liver during development and in stress. Therefore, his research is looking to identify the cellular component of the liver hematopoietic stem cell niche during development and determine the mechanisms that establish adult liver hematopoietic stem cell niche in extramedullary hematopoiesis.
The Schaefer Research Scholars Program supports research that is focused on human physiology. Each scholar receives $50,000 in discretionary funds and $200,000 to fund research projects.
Lei Ding, PhD is an assistant professor for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine. To read more about Dr. Lei Ding's research, check out his laboratory website.