Real research: Alexander Ip is studying how the silk from silk moth cocoons can be used to make a structure for growing stem cells

Date Released: 15 April 2016

Alex Ip knew he wanted to study stem cells when he was a sophomore in high school in Northern Virginia. It was 2009, and the FDA had just approved using embryonic stem cells in the first human clinical trials.

“The promise of literally being able to grow any type of cell from one stem cell just shocked me,” Ip said. “I was like, ‘Wow, this is cool.’” Fast forward seven years and Ip, a junior biology major in the College of Humanities and Sciences and Honors College student at Virginia Commonwealth University, is doing exactly that.


Last Modified: 15 April 2016, 08:04 AM, by: William Moran

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