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Rene Maehr

UMassMed Faculty Page

Inventions:

Title: Using Cas9 Coupled Histone Effector to Investigate Enhancer Function. UMMS15-23; Patent Pending. 

  • The invention uses CRISPR targeting to provides a rapid high throughput system to determine the contribution of distal cis-regulatory elements to development and disease. This method is faster and more versatile than using TALE of ZFN effectors. This level of genome control has previously not been achieved with other RNA-guided regulatory technologies such as RNAi. 

Title: Cas9 Effector-mediated Regulation of Transcription and Differentiation in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. UMMS14-12; Patent Pending. 

  • This invention provides novel methods of and systems for modifying the transcriptional regulation of stem or progenitor cells to promote their differentiation or reprogramming of somatic cells. Further, the labeling and editing of human genomic loci in live cells with three orthogonal CRISPR/Cas9 components allow multicolor detection of genomic loci with high spatial resolution, which provides an avenue for barcoding elements of the human genome in the living state. This technology provides a much needed system that can be used to promote differentiation of a stem, progenitor or precursor cell population and can be used in a directed approach to identify genes related to cell differentiation down desired lineage pathways.

 

Innovation TopicsDiagnosticsResearch ToolsCRISPRGene editingGenomicsImagingStem cell/Stem cell Therapy