Efraín Cermeno

Department: Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Program: BioEngineering

Advisor: Andrés García, PhD

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Research Summary:

The objective of my project is to develop an effective and scalable technology to purify hiPSC-derived neuronal cells at various stages of differentiation for use in either therapeutic procedures or as disease modeling tools. Human induced pluripotent cells are somatic cells (e.g., fibroblasts) that have been reprogrammed into a pluripotent state by transduction with reprogramming factors. I planned to use a technology developed by the García lab called uSHEAR to purify neural progenitors based on the strength of their adhesion to different extracellular matrices.


I graduated in 2012 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering. During my junior year at MIT, I started working in Prof Lodish’s lab studying the regulation of ADAM metalloproteases. I later continued my project in Prof. Lauffenburger’s lab during my senior year. I joined the García lab at Georgia Tech as a trainee in the Stem Cell Biomanufacturing program in August 2012.