Thursday, August 04, 2011

Rao Leaving the Golden State for NIH

California stem cell researcher Mahendra Rao is returning to the NIH after five years as vice president at Life Technologies in Carlsbad, Ca.

NIH Director Francis Collins yesterday announced that Rao will be director of the NIH Intramural Center for Regenerative Medicine. The new center is an effort by the NIH to speed development of stem cell therapies.

Rao left the NIH in 2006 because he was restricted in his work on human embryonic stem cells. He said he could not do the job he was hired to do so he left.

While in California, Rao was connected to the Buck Institute for Age Research in Northern California and was involved in the activities of the California stem cell agency.

The NIH did not announce Rao's salary.

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