Translational research

Diagnostics, therapies and cures


Stem cells

Studying pluripotent stem cells will help us understand more about the early stages of embryonic development


Understanding human diseases

To develop new therapies and cures


Using embryonic development

To understand human health and disease


Understanding muscle development and disease

Will lead to new therapies for muscular dystrophies


Translational research

Developing therapies for type 2 diabetes

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Defining the molecular and cellular basis of human disease

Will define new approaches to treat neurological and cardiovascular disease

The Center for Molecular Medicine’s mission is to better understand the molecular and cellular basis of human disease and to use this information to guide the development of new diagnostics, therapies, and cures.

Research areas include:

  • Use of stem cells in cardiovascular, neurological and metabolic disease
  • Human disease modeling with human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)
  • Drug discovery
  • Tissue engineering
  • Vaccine development

On November 17th, 2022, The Zeltner Lab published their open-access article “Norepinephrine transporter defects lead to sympathetic hyperactivity in Familial Dysautonomia models”in the journal Nature CommunicationsUse the link above to see the full article.

Zeltner Lab

News & Upcoming Events

Nov 7, 2022 – Bridging Centers Worksop: “Growing Connections”


The faculty and research teams of the CCRC, CMM, RBC, and CNDR at UGA will hold a joint Workshop to explore common research interests in neurodegeneration, regeneration, developmental biology, and brain cancer.

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Sep 16, 2022–Bi lab received a 2-year NIH/NIAMS R21 award ($415,250) for the project “Discover the Boosters of Myoblast Fusion”. Impact Score 10, Percentile 1%. Congratulations!

Sep 6, 2022–Bi lab received a 5-year NIH/NIGMS R35 award ($1,887,500) for the project “Spatial genetics investigation of multinucleated cells”. Impact Score 22. Congratulations!

Sep 2, 2022–Bi lab published the new story about the evolution of myoblast fusion in “Science Advances“. This work describes an interesting scheme of muscle evolution and has implications for a clear understanding of myoblast fusion. Congratulations!

The Zeltner lab receives an NIH/NICHD R21 award for the project of “Generation of multilineage adrenal gland organoids using human pluripotent stem cells”