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Dario Lemos, Ph.D.

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University of British Columbia, Canada01/2015Tissue regeneration
Oregon Health and Science University, USPh.D.11/2008Molecular physiology
Biogen, US10/2016Tissue injury and regeneration
2004 - 2005
Fogarty International Scholarship
2001 - 2002
Undergraduate Student Research Scholarship
2019 - 2019
Department of Medicine Chair's Research Award

Overview
Biomedical researcher with expertise in mechanisms of tissue regeneration and stem cell biology

Research
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  1. (Dario Lemos) Jul 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2024
    Brigham Research Institute-Fund to Sustain Research Excellence
    Mechanisms of renal angiomyolipoma in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
    Role Description: A majority of patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) develop kidney tumors known as angiomyolipomas (AMLs) that can cause renal insufficiency and spontaneous life-threatening bleedings, resulting in premature death. The mechanisms of AML initiation and growth remain unknown, partly because of the lack of proper tools to study these tumors in the laboratory. We will investigate the origin and formation of AMLs using miniature AMLs recreated in our laboratory using patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells, with which we will examine individual cells with the goal of identifying targets for future therapies.
    Role: PI
  2. (Dario Lemos) Jul 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2024
    Paul Teschan Research Fund
    Secondary use of induced pluripotent stem cells for generation of kidney tissues - Novel therapies for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex-Associated renal angiomyolipoma
    Role Description: Angiomyolipoma (AML) growth can cause renal insufficiency and lead to chronic kidney failure in patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). Everolimus is the main treatment for AML, however orally administered free drug has only 40%-50% efficacy in reducing tumor size and can cause multiple adverse effects. In this project we will use AML organoids generated from induced pluripotent stem cells, as the experimental platform to identify mechanisms of tumor resistance and to test a novel nanocarrier-based approach for AML-targeted drug delivery as a pharmacologic strategy to increase anti-tumor efficacy and reduce adverse effects.
    Role: PI
  3. R01CA269583 (Dario Lemos) Jun 1, 2023 - May 31, 2028
    NIH/NCI
    Elucidation Tumor Resistance Mechanisms in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex-Associated Renal Angiomyolipoma for the Design of Novel Nanotherapies
    Role Description: A majority of patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) develop kidney angiomyolipomas (AMLs) that can cause renal insufficiency and life-threatening spontaneous hemorrhages, for which the only current therapy is everolimus. Everolimus has limited anti-tumor efficacy, and tumor re-growth frequently occurs after treatment is interrupted due to side effects. In order to investigate the mechanisms of tumor resistance to everolimus therapy, we have generated AML tissues from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells, which we will use to test novel therapies with increased efficacy.
    Role: PI
  4. R01DK124301 (LEMOS, DARIO) Apr 9, 2020 - Mar 31, 2023
    NIH
    Inflammatory Signaling in Kidney Stromal Cells Driving Interstitial Fibrosis
    Role Description: A majority of patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) develop kidney angiomyolipomas (AMLs) that can cause renal insufficiency and life-threatening spontaneous hemorrhages, for which the only current therapy is everolimus. Everolimus has limited anti-tumor efficacy, and tumor re-growth frequently occurs after treatment is interrupted due to side effects. In order to investigate the mechanisms of tumor resistance to everolimus therapy, we have generated AML tissues from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells, which we will use to test novel therapies with increased efficacy.
    Role: PI
  5. R21AG058159 (LEMOS, DARIO) Jul 1, 2018 - Mar 31, 2020
    NIH
    Detection of aging mechanisms of nephron degeneration using nanoscale pathology
    Role Description: The goal of this project is to test, in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, the use of Expansion Microscopy for the early detection of aging-associated changes in the nephron microenvironment in relation to the adoption of a secretory senescent phenotype in epithelial cells of the proximal tubule
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.