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Ricardo Pastori, Ph.D.

"Biomedical research is essential to find a cure for diabetes."

Ricardo Pastori, Ph.D., is Research Professor of Medicine, Immunology, and Microbiology and the Director of the Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Diabetes Research Institute.

Over the years, Dr. Pastori has applied his expertise in molecular biology to the development of key technologies that assist the Institute’s efforts to cure diabetes through islet cell transplantation.

He is also experienced in the design and manufacturing of protein transduction domains (PTD), an innovative method to induce protein expression that can potentially be adapted to the expression of genes.

Dr. Pastori is currently developing PTDs that can be used to transduce proteins into islet cells in the context of synergistic strategies to those being developed by the DRI’s Pancreatic Stem Cell Development Program.

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