BBS Faculty Member - George Daley

George Daley

Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Pediatrics, and Medicine Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Boston Children's Hospital
Karp Family Research Building 7214
One Blackfan Circle
Boston, MA 02115

Kathryn Entner

Tel: 617-919-2015
Lab Members: 15 postdoctoral fellows, 10 graduate students

Our lab focuses on stem cell biology, with an emphasis on somatic cell reprogramming, hematopoietic differentiation from human and mouse pluripotent stem cells, and the role of the Lin28/let-7 pathway in human cancer and metabolic disease. Our subgroups study:

The differentiation of hematopoietic (blood producing) stem cells from embryonic and induced pluripotent cells. We study hematopoietic development in mouse embryos and in human and mouse pluripotent stem cells to define the molecular genetic programs that enable formation of HSCs in experimental and therapeutic models.

Derivation of personalized, patient-derived pluripotent stem cells: We use nuclear transfer, parthenogenesis, and reprogramming with defined genes to model combined cell and gene therapy of human genetic disorders.

The Lin28/let-7 pathway: We have linked this ancient pathway, originally discovered in heterochronic mutants in C. elegans, to human cancer, germ cell development, and regulation of human growth and developmental timing. The pathway is also important in the function of stem cells, and in linking cancer cell proliferation and cellular metabolism.

Last Update: 6/3/2014


For a complete listing of publications click here.



Zhu H*, Shyh-Chang N*, Segrè AV, Shinoda G, Shah SP, Einhorn WS, Takeuchi A, Engreitz JM, Hagan JP, Kharas MG, Urbach A, Thornton JE, Triboulet R, Gregory RI; DIAGRAM Consortium; MAGIC Investigators, Altshuler D, Daley GQ. The Lin28/let-7 axis regulates glucose metabolism. Cell. 2011 147; 81-94 Sept 30 doi:10.1016/j.cell.2011.08.033.PMID: 31962509.

Onder TT, Kara N, Cherry ABC, Sinha AU, Zhu N, Bernt KM, Cahan P, Mancarci OB, Unternaehrer J, Gupta PB, Lander ES, Armstrong SA, Daley GQ. Chromatin modifying enzymes as modulators of reprogramming. Nature. 2012 Mar 4;483(7391):598-602. doi: 10.1038/nature10953. PMID: 22388813.

Doulatov S, Vo LT, Chou SS, Kim PG, Arora N, Li H, Hadland BK, Bernstein ID, Collins JJ, Zon LI, Daley GQ. Induction of multipotential hematopoietic progenitors from human pluripotent stem cells via re-specification of lineage-restricted precursors. Cell Stem Cell 2013 Oct 3;13(4):459-70. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2013.09.002. PMID: 24094326.

Shyh-Chang N*, Zhu H*, Yvanka de Soysa T, Shinoda G, Seligson MT, Tsanov KM, Nguyen L, Asara JM, Cantley LC, Daley GQ. Lin28 enhances tissue repair by reprogramming cellular metabolism. Cell 2013 Nov 7;155(4):778-92. doi:
10.1016/j.cell.2013.09.059. PMID: 24209617.

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