Dr. French came to CHOP in 2008 to establish the Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Core in the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics. She is an internationally recognized researcher involved in multi-investigator teams that utilize pluripotent stem cells for modeling human disease to study mechanism, development, and establish new therapeutic modalities.
The term “stem cell,” stammzellen, was first used in 1868 by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel to describe the original, unicellular progenitor from which Dr. Haekel supposed all multicellular plant and animal life might have descended.
First produced in the past decade, induced pluripotent stem cells — which are derived from adult cells — are capable of developing into many cell types. In two new studies, investigators from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reprogrammed skin cells from patients with rare disorders into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), highlighting the great promise these cells hold.