Alice F. Tarantal, Ph.D.

Reproductive Sciences and Regenerative Medicine Unit
Unit Leader
Multimodal Imaging Core Lead

Department of Pediatrics and Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
UC Davis School of Medicine

Director, NHLBI Primate Center for Gene Therapy

Associate Director, UC Davis Stem Cell Program and Director, Translational Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Shared Research Facility

Translational Endeavors and Pilot Programs, UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC)

Dr. Tarantal’s translational research program has a particular focus on the fetus and infant with ongoing studies that address early disease onset (inherited and acquired) and prenatal biomarkers, regenerative medicine (tissue engineering, stem cell transplantation) and gene therapy, lifespan health, and translational in vivo imaging. She is the PI and Director of the NHLBI Primate Center for Gene Therapy (established in 2001), and has a long-standing and productive track record in fostering partnerships and productive collaborations, providing extensive services to the greater research community, and conducting preclinical and IND-enabling studies. She has studied human and nonhuman primate stem/progenitor cells from a lifespan perspective and for transplant purposes, and developed a range of innovative transplant protocols adapting in vivo imaging to monitor cell trafficking and fate. She has extensive expertise in fetal development and organ ontogeny, and has developed innovative models for studying the interaction of immune ontogeny and TORCH agents (e.g., CMV, Zika virus) in collaboration with infectious disease colleagues. Dr. Tarantal is highly integrated with campus-wide programs and promotes the importance of nonhuman primates for translational research at the national level.

Dr. Tarantal was the recipient of the prestigious School of Medicine Faculty Research Award in 2014, and was named as one of UC Davis’ most accomplished investigators, with a highly respected research reputation at the national and state levels.

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Tarantal AF and Nakayama KH. Use of large animal and nonhuman primate models for cell therapy and tissue engineering. In: Tissue Engineering in Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine series, Springer Science and Business Media DOI: 10.1007/978-1-61779-322-6, Chapter 21, pp. 393-413, 2011.

Tarantal AF, Rainwater J, Wun T, and Berglund L. The U.S. Initiative: Clinical and Translational Science Awards – The UC Davis Perspective. In: (Alving B, Dai K, Chan SHH, editors) Translational Medicine-What, Why, and How: An International Perspective. Transl Res Biomed, Basel, Karger, Volume 3, pp. 18-28, 2013.

Developmental Disorders: A Lifetime Burden of Disease

Dr. Tarantal has been at the forefront in the use of in vivo imaging from seminal contributions in ultrasound imaging as a routine modality for reproductive colony management to transformative translational models of human health and the early onset of disease.