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Daniel Liu

The human brain is built from a pool of neural stem cells, which give rise to the neurons and glia of the mature brain. My research seeks to develop methods for purifying the many distinct cell types found in the developing human brain, from the most primitive stem cells to their progressively more committed progeny. Among these is a newly-isolated cell type called the glial progenitor cell, which may contribute to the dramatic expansion of white matter characteristic of the human brain. I now seek to further explore the glial progenitor cell in fetal and early postnatal brain development, and how dysregulation of this cell type may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders and the genesis of brain tumors known as gliomas.