Shivatra Noi Talchai, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer at SMIT Stem Cell Technologies, Singapore
2010 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow Alumna
PhD, Columbia University
Postdoctoral Training, Columbia University
Dr. Talchai discovered that she could induce cells of the gut to release insulin, a function that had been previously associated only with the pancreas. This finding gives hope for developing new treatments for diabetes. Previously, scientists tried to replace lost insulin-producing, beta-cells, cells with new pancreatic beta-cells in diabetic patients. The insulin-producing intestinal cells may be able to substitute for beta-cells, since they have sugar-sensing receptors and can release insulin in proper response to blood glucose levels. Dr. Talchai is continuing her work in generating human insulin-producing cells from gut stem cells as a form of treatment for diabetes. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Columbia in Dr. Domenico Accili’s lab.