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The Loh Laboratory employs stem cells to reconstitute and understand human developmental biology. By applying our knowledge of development, we intend to generate pure populations of desired human tissue progenitors and create a platform for stem cell-driven regenerative medicine.

Embryonic stem cells have been touted for their therapeutic value for years, but their potential for regenerative medicine has yet to be fully realized. To the present day, there have been difficulties in precisely guiding embryonic stem cells to differentiate into desired human cell-types in a dish.

To meet this challenge, we have delineated a comprehensive roadmap that describes how embryonic stem cells can develop into a broad spectrum of different human cell-types through a sequence of pairwise lineage choices. This roadmap has enabled the production of nearly-pure populations of human tissue progenitors, providing new opportunities for regenerative medicine and to interrogate early human tissue development. As for the latter, we are interested in understanding the molecular basis of multilineage competence and defining stepwise molecular changes during cell-fate transitions.


As developmental and stem cell biologists, we aspire to understand how tissue progenitors are specified and how tissues incipiently take shape and form during embryonic development.


About us

We are part of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine. We are looking for graduate students or postdoctoral fellows to join us!


Contact us

Loh Laboratory, 265 Campus Drive
Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, Rm G3105
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA 94305 USA

  • Kyle Loh (Faculty,
  • Laura Dunkin-Hubby (Coordinator,
  • Office: 650-736-8530 | Lab: 650-724-1308
  • News

    Oct 26 2021 | Molecular Cell
    We developed new methods to culture human skin cells, thereby aiding a collaboration led by Chiung-Ying Chang and Gerald Crabtree to explore the role of the ACTL6A (BAF53A) oncogene in healthy skin cells as well as squamous cell carcinomas. 
    Sep 9 2021 | Gates Foundation
    The Loh Laboratory has received new support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to differentiate human pluripotent stem cells. 
    May 20 2021 | DARPA PREPARE
    The Loh Laboratory received a subaward from the DARPA PREPARE program led by Jonathan Weissman, Luke Gilbert, and others.
    In collaboration with Vittorio Sebastiano's lab, we generate human primordial germ cells (PGCs) from pluripotent stem cells in monolayer culture. This revealed unique intermediates, cell-surface markers and extracellular signals for PGC specification. 
    Aug 3 2020 | Additional Ventures
    The Loh and Rabinovitch laboratories received new support from Additional Ventures and the Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute to study single-ventricle heart disease, using pluripotent stem cell technology.
    The Loh, Ang, Red-Horse and Rabinovitch laboratories received new support from the Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute's Chambers Family Foundation Innovation Grant to study congenital malformations as part of a Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program, using pluripotent stem cells.
    Safety is a key consideration of any cell therapy, as transplanted cells may form tumors or mis-differentiate in vivo. With Matt Porteus's lab, we developed kill-switch systems to kill undifferentiated human pluripotent stem cells (with or without their differentiated progeny) with specific drugs.
    Graduate student Carolyn Dundes was awarded the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, which seeks to "increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students".
    May 10 2020 | Nature Cell Biology
    In Nature Cell Biology, we discuss the advent of a new type of pluripotency that is a developmental intermediate between naive and primed pluripotent states. This discovery raises exciting questions about how we classify discrete cell states within the continuum of cellular differentiation.
    Tissue engineering aspires to generate spatially-patterned tissues in vitro. With Alex Dunn's lab, we differentiated human pluripotent stem cells using spatial gradients of extracellular signals, thus creating spatially-patterned cultures whereby primitive streak cells were localized to one side of...
    In WIREs Developmental Biology, we discuss many challenges in differentiating human pluripotent stem cells into desired cell-types or organoids. These include uncertain lineage intermediates and temporal dynamics of signals, and transcription factor- or organoid-based strategies.
    Oct 15 2019 | Packard Fellowship
    Kyle Loh was recently selected as a Packard Fellow by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 22 junior faculty across physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering were selected after a national competition. 
    Oct 7 2019 | JDRF
    The Loh Laboratory is part of the newly-established Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northern California Center of Excellence, which seeks to use human pluripotent stem cells to understand and treat Type 1 Diabetes.
    Jun 14 2019 | Pew Scholar
    Kyle Loh was recently selected as a Pew Scholar by The Pew Charitable Trusts. 22 junior faculty were selected after a national competition, with each institution eligible to nominate a single individual. 
    Jun 13 2019 | Cell Stem Cell
    Can we safely replace a blood and immune system with a new one? A collaboration led by Benson George, Irv Weissman and Judy Shizuru found that six antibodies could safely deplete a mouse's immune system in 8 days, enabling replacement with a 100% immune-mismatched blood and immune system.
    May 29 2019 | Nature
    A longstanding goal of regenerative medicine has been to expand hematopoietic stem cells in vitro. A collaboration led by Adam Wilkinson, Hiro Nakauchi and Satoshi Yamazaki developed a defined culture medium that can accomplish this goal for several weeks. 
    Graduate student Jonas Fowler was named as a Stanford Bio-X Honorary Ph.D. Fellow.
    Graduate student Jonas Fowler was awarded the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship.
    Graduate student Jonas Fowler was awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Ph.D. Fellowship. 
    The laboratory was recently awarded a Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Grant, together with Christine Cheung. 9 teams were selected in 2019 after an international competition.
    In collaboration with Philip Beachy, Joseph Liao and Lay Teng Ang, the laboratory was recently awarded a CIRM Discovery grant to generate human bladder progenitors from pluripotent stem cells.
    Graduate student Carolyn Dundes was awarded the Stanford Graduate Fellowship.
    Feb 20 2018 | Cell Reports
    Together with Lay Teng Ang and colleagues, we mapped how human liver cells develop through six consecutive steps. Human embryonic stem cell-derived liver cells could regenerate human liver cells in a mouse model of liver failure and improve survival.  
    In collaboration with Lay Teng Ang and Irv Weissman, the laboratory was recently awarded a CIRM Discovery grant to generate human liver progenitors from pluripotent stem cells.
    Nov 6 2017 | Nature Methods
    During embryonic lung development, Sox9+ lung progenitors generate both major parts of the lung (airways and alveoli). Together with Massimo Nichane and colleagues, we developed a method to expand Sox9+ lung progenitors in vitro.
    Oct 10 2017 | Cell Reports
    How do stem cells divide and differentiate? Using live imaging, together with Kate Brown and Roel Nusse, we found that incipiently-differentiating human embryonic stem cells tend to divide to generate daughter cells which adopt asymmetric lineage outcomes.
    The laboratory was recently awarded the NIH Director's Early Independence Award, under the High Risk, High Reward Research Program.
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