Reijo Pera Laboratories

home // FACULTY AND STAFF // Reijo Pera Laboratories




Renee Reijo Pera

The Reijo Pera laboratory is focused on understanding how cell fate decisions are made in the human embryo, in particular how the germ cell lineage (which gives rise to eggs and sperm) is allocated from the somatic lineages (which comprise the rest of the body). The lab has developed novel hESC and iPSC lines suitable for genetic study of cell fate decisions, including the differentiation of somatic and germ cell lineages and identified novel genes that function in human germ line development. Her laboratory also has devised methods to non-invasively diagnose human embryo development that is most likely to lead to viable development.

Back to Top

Recent Publications

Chung J, Kee K, Barral JK, Dash R, Kosuge H, Wang X, Weissman I, Robbins RC, Nishimura D, Quertermous T, Reijo-Pera RA, Yang PC (2011) In vivo molecular MRI of cell survival and teratoma formation following embryonic stem cell transplantation into the injured murine myocardium. Magn Reson Med. 2011 May 20. doi: 10.1002/mrm.22929. [Epub ahead of print]

Nicholas CR, Haston KM, Grewall AK, Longacre TA, Reijo Pera RA (2009) Transplantation directs oocyte maturation from embryonic stem cells and provides a therapeutic strategy for female infertility. Human Molecular Genetics 18:4376-89.

Kee K, Angeles VT, Flores M, Nguyen HN, Reijo Pera RA (2009)Human DAZL, DAZ and BOULE genes modulate primordial germ cell and haploid gamete formation. Nature 462, 222-5.

Kee K, Flores M, Cedars MI, Reijo Pera RA. (2010) Human primordial germ cell formation is diminished by exposure to environmental toxicants acting through the AHR signaling pathway. Tox. Sci. 117:218-24.

Wong CC, Loewke KE, Bossert NL, Behr B, De Jonge CJ, Baer TM, Reijo Pera RA. (2010) Non-invasive imaging of human embryos before embryonic genome activation predicts development to the blastocyst stage. Nature Biotechnol 28:1115-21.

Panula S, Medrano JV, Kee K, Bergstrom R, Nguyen HN, Byers B, Wilson KD, Wu JC, Simon C, Hovatta O, Reijo Pera RA (2010) Human germ cell differentiation from fetal- and adult-derived induced pluripotent stem cells. Hum Mol Genet 20:752-62.

Julaton VT and Reijo Pera RA (2011) NANOS3 function in human germ cell development. Hum Mol Genet 20:2238-50.

HN Nguyen, Byers B, Cord B, Shcheglovitov A, Byrne J, Gujar P, Kee K, Schuele B, Dolmetsch RE, Langston W, Palmer TD, Reijo Pera RA (2011) LRRK2 mutant iPSC-Derived DA neurons demonstrate increased susceptibility to oxidative stress. Cell Stem Cell 8, 1–14.

LFZ Batista, Pech MF, Zhong FL, Nguyen HN, Xie KT, Zaug A, Crary S, Choi J, Sebastiano V, Cherry A, Giri N, Wernig M, Alter BP, Cech TR, Savage SA, Reijo Pera RA, Artandi SE (2011)Telomere shortening and loss of self-renewal in iPSCs from patients with dyskeratosis congenital. Nature 474:399-402.

Back to Top

Contact Info

Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
265 campus Dr.
Stanford, California 94305

Phone: (650) 723-6716
Phone: (650) 725-3803

Back to Top