Core Scientists in the Reproductive Sciences and Regenerative Medicine Unit contribute to the Primate Center mission through NIH-supported programs and peer-reviewed publications; by serving the greater research community in Cores, NIH-supported Centers, and outreach programs; by enhancing the nonhuman primate resource with new assays, biomarkers, model development, and innovative in vivo imaging paradigms; through participation in the management of the reproductive colony and Primate Center administrative positions and committees; and by mentoring trainees and investigators at all career stages in the use of the nonhuman primate as a translational model. Unit Core Scientists serve as collaborative hubs and have outstanding track records in forming multidisciplinary partnerships and teams as evidenced by extramural grants, key publications, and leadership positions in UC Davis and national centers and programs. These include the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), the School of Medicine Stem Cell Program and Gene Therapy Center/Institute for Regenerative Cures, Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging, and Center for Health and the Environment. Unit Core Scientists bring their extensive expertise and strong track records to partnerships in gamete biology and reproductive toxicology; regenerative medicine and stem cell transplantation; gene therapy and genome editing; lifespan health–from the earliest developmental stages to aging populations; in vivo imaging tools and technologies for translational research; and the conduct of investigational new drug (IND)-enabling studies for human translation. The depth and breadth of expertise, services, and accomplishments contribute substantially to the Primate Center mission, significantly enhance the resource, and ensure that investigators nationwide can conduct state-of-the-art investigations with nonhuman primates at the highest quality level, and with the essential rigor and reproducibility.
Focus on Lifespan Health. Monkeys and humans share many reproductive and developmental features that emphasize their importance as translational models. The unique expertise in the Unit provides a means to address research questions associated with all developmental stages (embryo, fetus, newborn, infant), juveniles; young adults; pre-menopausal/transitional reproductive stages; and advanced geriatrics.