courses Dr. Stern has taught at Winthrop include Cell Biology, Molecular
Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Scientific Process, and Recent Advances in
Molecular and Cellular Biology as well as Special Topics and Readings courses.
Stern also leads an active research program of undergraduate and graduate
students. The Stern lab’s research includes efforts to understand how
adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells respond to a variety of
three-dimensional culture systems. The goal of this work is to learn how to
improve the efficiency with which the cells differentiate into lineages such as
muscle and bone and to produce novel three-dimensional culture systems that
facilitate the study of stem cell differentiation. Another line of research
uses of melanoma cell lines as a model that allows students in the cell biology
course to learn methods in cell biology and contribute to novel research
related to cancer cell epigenetics.