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Image of the Month: Human retinal organoid

A human retinal organoid, a model of the human retina grown in the lab, from pluripotent stem cells. Cell nuclei are shown in blue, green shows cells with an early retinal marker and the red label marks dividing cells. Image courtesy Dr. KC Huang/Dr. Melanie Samuel lab.


Dr. Kang-Chieh Huang, postdoctoral associate in the Samuel lab.


Organoids are living 3-D cellular models that recapitulate the function of a particular organ or structure in the body, such as the retina in this case. The Samuel lab uses retinal organoids to study human retinal development and eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.




Dr. Melanie Samuel


Dr. Melanie Samuel is an associate professor of neuroscience and the Huffington Center on Aging and a member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine. She also is a CPRIT scholar.


Click here to learn more about the research conducted at the Samuel lab.


By Ana María Rodríguez, Ph.D.

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