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Peter Szaraz, PhD

Director, Cardiovascular Regeneration Research Program

Peter completed a Master`s degree in 2005, at the ELTE Science University and the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary. There, his research focused on the impact of oxidative stress on intracellular organelles and the subsequent effects on the entire organism. From 2006 to 2010, he completed PhD studies at the University of Siena, Italy. There, he developed a particular interest in stem cells and tissue regeneration through his studies of the interconnections between cell stress, cell survival and cell fate decisions in diabetes and Alzheimer`s models. He also studied stem cell differentiation in the context of heart muscle development and function in a post-doctoral fellowship program at the University of Toronto. He joined the stem cell research program at Create in 2012. As a part of a rapidly expanding research group, he has conducted research both in vitro and in vivo using human umbilical cord-derived perivascular cells – a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells. His projects aim to develop and apply tissue regeneration strategies for heart disease using this cell type, in the hopes of reaching clinical trial stages for myocardial infarction therapy by 2020.