Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University

Department of Regeneration Science and Engineering

Lab. of Embryonic Stem Cell Research


Lab. Head Associate Professor Hirofumi Suemori (hsuemori∗
Program-Specific Senior Lecturer Eihachiro Kawase (kawase8∗

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Research theme

Human ES cell lines are considered to have great potential of ES cells in medical research and application such as cell transplantation therapy and drug discovery. We established human ES cell lines at a high efficiency and analyzed their characters in detail. We derived 5 ES cell lines, named KhES-1, KhES-2, KhES-3, KhES-4 and KhES-5, and distributed to over 50 research projects in Japan. We are also performing researches on molecular mechanisms of self-renewal and differentiation of human ES cells, and developing techniques for genetic manipulation of hES cells.

We have constructed a Cell Processing Facility (CPF) to develop core technologies to produce and supply clinical grade human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines. This CPF has been made in compliant with the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in processing and preservation of the clinical grade hES cells for medical products.

We are now preparing standard operation procedures (SOPs) to produce clinical grade hES cell lines to establish a clinical grade hES cell bank in the near future, aiming to supply them to researchers in the fields of regenerative medicine


  • Master course 1.

Contact Information

Person to Contact Professor Hirofumi Suemori
TEL 075-751-3821
E-mail hsuemori∗

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