Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Michael Zorniak & John S. Kuo
ROBERT P. LANZA is currently the Chief Scientific Officer of Advanced Cell Technology in Worcester, Massachusetts, and an adjunct professor at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. His work is focused on using stem cells, tissue engineering, and cloning to provide therapies for incapacitating diseases and conditions like diabetes and Parkinson's disease. He is known for cloning an endangered gaur named Noah and the first human embryo; however, Lanza is most famous for establishing a new technique for stem cell isolation from human embryos, similar to preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Lanza grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts, where he displayed an early aptitude for science. He received B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania where he was both a University Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. Later, he studied with two Nobel laureates, Gerald Edel—man at Rockefeller University and Rodney Porter at Oxford University. Lanza ...