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R. Michael Roberts

R. Michael Roberts

Curators’ Professor, Animal Sciences and Biochemistry Member, National Academy of Sciences

Phone: 573-882-0908
240b Life Sciences Center

Roberts, a reproductive biologist, in the past concentrated on early pregnancy in farm species, but in recent years he has transitioned to studying stem cells in relation to early development of the human placenta. He is currently exploring the causes of preeclampsia, a condition that, worldwide, kills thousands of pregnant women and their unborn babies each year. He is also involved in developing a line of stem cells for use in research with pigs; this effort is expected to expedite breakthroughs in using stem cells to regenerate retinal, heart and other tissues. Much of Roberts’ current work uses new “induced pluripotent stem cell” technology, which creates stem cells from a patient’s or animal’s own body tissue, such as skin. In many cases, this new method is replacing the older and more controversial embryonic stem cell technology.

News about R. Michael Roberts


Derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells from pig somatic cells. Ezashi T, Telugu BPVL, Alexenko AP, Sachdev S, Sinha S, Roberts RM. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America; 106(27):10993-10998.

Date published: July 7, 2009
Featured in this article: Shrikesh C. "Rick" Sachdev, Michael Roberts.

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Identification of oxygen-sensitive transcriptional programs in human embryonic stem cells. Westfall SD, Sachdev S, Das P, Hearne LB, Hannink M, Roberts RM, Ezashi T. Stem Cells and Development; 17(5):869-881.

Date published: October 1, 2008
Featured in this article: Shrikesh C. "Rick" Sachdev, Mark Hannink, Michael Roberts.

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Coordinate regulation of basal and cyclic 5′-adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-activated expression of human chorionic gonadotropin-α by Ets-2 and cAMP-responsive element binding protein. Ghosh D, Sachdev S, Hannink M, Roberts RM. Molecular Endocrinology; 19(4):1049-1066.

Date published: April 1, 2005
Featured in this article: Shrikesh C. "Rick" Sachdev, Mark Hannink, Michael Roberts.

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