Shouts & Murmurs

November 23, 2017 – All-in-one repair kit makes CRISPR gene editing more precise. Link. Link 2.

November 13, 2017 – Proof-of-concept synthetic T cell for cancer immunotherapy. Link.

October 25, 2017 – New gene-editing technique may lead to treatment for thousands of diseases. Link.

August 10, 2017 – Commentary on human gene editing by Kris Saha. Link

June 12, 2017 – Machine learning can detect a genetic disorder from speech recordings. Link

April 18, 2017 – UW2020 Award announced for the project “A CRISPR/Cas9 Based Therapeutic Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease”. Link

April 11, 2017 – Kris Saha discuss the Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium on WORT 89.9. Link

May 8, 2016 – Gene editing transforms biology, raises ethical questions. Link

April 27, 2016 – Scientists solve CRISPR’s ‘Energizer bunny’ problem. Link

April 21, 2016 – New genome editing technique can target single letters of DNA sequence. Link

February 18, 2016 – Kris Saha guest stars on WORT 89.9 to discuss the possibilities of gene-editing as well as the risks.

January 20, 2016 – New technique allows researchers to fine-tune gene editing. Link | PDF

January 20, 2016 – High-throughput screening platform for CRISPR. Link | PDF



January 7, 2016 – Alleles in Allegro Accelerating the Pace with HCA | PDF



January 1, 2016 – High-Content Analysis Has Full Dance Card | Link

August 3, 2015 – UW engineers use ‘CRISPR’ technology to locate crucial protein in stem cell survival Link | Paper

December 8, 2014 – Billionaire Paul Allen donates $100m to new ‘industrial scale’ effort to understand human cells. Link

September 10, 2014 – Kris Saha chosen as part of the Next Generation Leaders Council by the Allen Institute in Seattle.  Link

August 15, 2014 – Kris Saha featured in UW-Madison podcast “Sound Engineering: Spreading the benefits of stem-cell advances”. Link



August 15th, 2014 – Kris Saha is featured in the Cell and Molecular Bioengineering “2014 Young Innovators Issue” for our work on Nanofibrous Electrospun Polymers



May 7, 2014 – Saha receives NSF CAREER Award to improve the genetic engineering of stem cells Link

March 4, 2014 – CRISPR Technology is featured in a story in the New York Times Link | PDF

January 17, 2014 – “Tools for Discovery: Kris Saha.” Link

August 15, 2012, “The BME Department welcomes new faculty member.” The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Link | PDF

Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress - April 20, 2012


April 20, 2012, Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress, San Francisco, CA. Link | Video



Architectures for Life



April 18, 2012, Architectures for Life, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Link | Video




Opinion - Occupy Science

January 24, 2012 – “Opinion: Occupy Science?” by Krishanu Saha and J. Benjamin Hurlbut.

The Scientist. Link | PDF


November 7, 2011 – “Novel surface triples stem-cell growth in culture” by Nicole Giese. MIT and Whitehead media relations.  Link | PDF

September 22, 2011 – Photos from lecture for Harvard Business School event, “Biotech revolution comes to Cambridge.”  Link

lecture for Harvard Business School event - Biotech revolution comes to CambridgeBiotech revolution comes to Cambridge

January 24, 2011 – Panel discussion and press release by co-authors of the Hinxton Group statement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), “Obstacles to Openness and Sharing in Stem Cell Science: Innovation, the Public Interest, and Recommendations for Next Steps” Link

Obstacles to Openness and Sharing in Stem Cell ScienceAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science


 Related Articles

February 10, 2011 – “Scientists Warn Against Stifling Effect of Widespread Patenting in Stem Cell Field.” by Michael Pena. Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.Link | PDF

January 25, 2011 – “Rush for patents is choking US stem cell research.” by Kerry Sheridan. AFP and physorg.comLink | PDF

January 24, 2011, “Patents, Not Just Politics, Create Obstacles to University Stem-Cell Research” by Paul Basken. The Chronicle of Higher EducationLinkPDF

January 24, 2011 – “Stem Cell Research Guidelines: How Scientists Can Play Nice.” by Gretchen Vogel. ScienceInsider blog of ScienceLink | PDF

January 21, 2011 – “Statement on Policies and Practices Governing Data and Materials Sharing and Intellectual Property in Stem Cell Science.” Hinxton Group Consensus Statement. Link | PDF

New growth opportunities -Paradigm cover article



November 30, 2010 – “New growth opportunities.” by Matt Fearer. Paradigm cover article. Link | PDF



Cover caption: What can this chaotic splash of color tell us about the conditions necessary for promoting the growth of human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells?”

August 28, 2010 – “An Interview with Dr. Krishanu Saha from the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research” by Shyamala Pillai Shah. Biotechwiz: News, View & Insights on Biotechnology.  Link | PDF

A better way to grow stem cells



August 23, 2010 – “A better way to grow stem cells.” by Anne Trafton. MIT website cover article.  Link | PDF



August 23, 2010 – “Scientists Create Fertile Ground for Growing Stem Cells.” U.S.News & World Report News.  Link | PDF

August 22, 2010 – “New stem cell processing promises faster, more reliable research.” by Katherine Harmon. Scientific American Blog.  Link | PDF

May 3, 2010 – “Scientists create human embryonic stem cells with enhanced pluripotency.” by Nicole Giese. Whitehead Institute NewsLink | PDF

March 6, 2008 – “Thickets and gaps blocking stem cell science.” by Monya Baker. Nature Reports Stem Cells. Link | PDF

February 2, 2008 – “Exploring Research Roadblock and Cooperation.” by David Jensen. California Stem Cell Report. Link | PDF

Fall 2006 – “Political science: Berkeley scientists step up to the policy plate.” by Kayte Fischer. Berkeley Science Review. Link | PDF

Past News Items

Congratulations again to Stephanie Seymour, who is this time awarded a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Ty Harkness passes his preliminary exam to advance to dissertator status.

Jared Carlson-Stevermer is awarded a NSFGRFP Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to Ben Steyer, who was awarded a 2014 VitreoRetinal Surgery Foundation Fellowship Award!

Ryan Prestil has been selected to participate in the 2015 SUPER-G program. This selective program sends researchers to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany for a summer of intensive research.

Kris Saha has been chosen to be part of the Next Generation Leaders Council by the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Check out the full release on our Press page.

Ty Harkness and Kris Saha have recently participated in a roundtable discussion with US Representative Mark Pocan regarding concerning a Next Generation Research Act to improve funding for young scientists. Quotes | video

Stem cell research has a great potential to develop new therapies, but how can we standardize research so that we can spread the benefit of stem cell advances? Kris Saha and collaborator Randy Ashton discuss this issue in the latest Sound Engineering podcast

New Saha Lab publication is hot off the press! Travis Cordie, Ty Harkness, and Jared Carlson-Stevermer just published Nanofibrous Electrospun Polymers for Reprogramming Human Cells in Cell and Molecular Bioengineering. This special issue focuses on young innovators. Find the press release here or check out our Press page.

The Saha Lab has recently been choosen as the recipient of two grants! The first is from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for Innovation in Regulatory Science. Our second grant focuses on the ethical side of healthcare to investigate the Paradoxes of Information Flow. You can find out more about this research thrust from the Holtz Center

At the heart of stem cell research is always an ethical debate on advancement of stem cell disease modeling while protecting personal information on patients from whom those cells were derived. For a fresh perspective read our new article in Cell Stem Cell found on our Publications page.

Congrats to Ryan Pestil on being selected as a recipient of a Hilldale Research Fellowship for the 2014-2015 year. Hilldale Fellowships

Dr. Saha receives a 2014 NSF Early Faculty Development (CAREER) Award. Find out more details about the prestigious award here.
To learn more about the future research of our group read this release.

Check out our new Scientific Reports paper on how noise affects reprogramming. Stochastic model dissects cell states in biological transition processes.

Much of science relies on the tools that we use to make new discoveries, but not all tools are physical. Check out this profile featuring our PI, Kris Saha, to find out what tools he uses to move our research forward.

The first Saha Lab publication is out! Drug-loaded nanoparticles induce gene expression in human pluripotent stem cell derivatives co-authored by Leah Escalante has been published in Nanoscale

We bid a fond farewell to Leah Escalante as she moves on to the Broad Institute in Boston. Thank you Leah and good luck!