About the Lab

‚ÄčOur laboratory focuses on developing stem cell and gene therapy strategies for degenerative multi-systemic disorders such as cystinosis, and to understand the molecular mechanisms by which hematopoietic stem cell progeny can lead to tissue repair in non-hematopoietic genetic diseases.

Meet the P.I.

Stephanie Cherqui, Ph.D.jpg Dr. Cherqui received her Ph.D in 2002 at Necker hospital (Paris, France); her research project focused on the molecular characteri-zation of cystinosis, a metabolic hereditary disease, as well as the generation of mouse models. She then specialized in stem cells and gene therapy during her post-doctoral internship at The Scripps Research Institute where she was appointed Assistant Professor in 2009.

In 2012, Dr. Cherqui joined the University of California, San Diego, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and became an Associate Professor in 2016. Read more 


A Steady Increase in Women Leading Biggest Research Grants. Six of Top 10 research health science grants awarded to UC San Diego this year are led by women.

FDA Approved First Human Clinical Trials for Cystinosis The Cystinosis Research Foundation (CRF), the largest provider of grants for cystinosis research in the world, today announced that the Federal Drug Administration granted approval for the first human clinical trial for stem cell and gene therapy treatment for cystinosis. Over the last 12 years, CRF has provided more than $4.3 million in research funding to Dr. Cherqui. She will be leading the trial at UC San Diego in San Diego, California...

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