New York Blood Center’s Avital Mendelson, PhD​, has been named one of the seven researchers to receive the AABB’s National Blood Foundation 2018 Early-Career Scientific Research Grant.

Dr. Avita Mendelson’s research will focus on “A biomimetic niche for platelet formation in vitro”.   Platelet transfusion can be life-saving for patients with severe thrombocytopenia but clinical demands are difficult to meet due to insufficient donor sources and limited shelf life. The development of new methods to promote platelet formation ex-vivo could significantly impact the prognosis of patients with blood disorders. Our goal is to develop a novel artificial niche that harbors the innate ability of co-existing niche cells and applied fluidic forces to promote platelet formation in vitro.

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