Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy

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Max Cayo

Graduate Student
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy


BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison - 2007

Faculty Advisor: Stephen Duncan, D Phil

Mailing Address:
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-3548

Phone: (414) 955-8336
FAX: (414) 955-6517
Email: mcayo@mcw.edu 






Research Area:  Utilizing patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells to model genetic diseases of the liver in order to further elucidate pathophysiology and identify novel pharmacologic strategies

As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin and a medical student at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine I studied biologically relevant molecular signaling pathways in neuroendocrine neoplasms (medullary thyroid carcinoma, pheochromocytoma, carcinoid) and the effects induced therein by novel, potentially therapeutic small molecules.

Having transferred to the MD/PhD program here at the Medical College of Wisconsin in order to work under Dr. Stephen Duncan, I hope to use patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells and iPS cell-derived hepatocytes to create a deeper understanding of common and clinically consequential inherited diseases of the human liver including errors of lipid metabolism and transport, drug and toxin metabolism, and production of secreted proteins or enzymes. Underlying these goals is the hope that I may contribute to the bridge spanning the recent, enormous leaps forward in stem cell biology and their applications in human medicine, yet unrealized.

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