Stem Cell Core

About Us

The UTSA Stem Cell Core provides service, advice and training across the entire spectrum of the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) workflow, from adult tissue to gene edited differentiated progeny. We have generated and fully characterized well over 100 iPSC cell lines from six different species including several non-human primates.The Stem Cell Core offers five basic services that function independently but can also be combined for larger projects.

Our Mission

The mission of the UTSA Stem Cell Core is to enhance the research portfolio at UTSA by providing high quality induced pluripotent stem cells and their genetically modified or differentiated progeny to researchers in Texas and nationwide and to reduce the barriers to investigators who want to enter this specialized research field.


Consultation & Training

Isolation and Cryopreservation of Cells from Adult Tissues  
Reprogramming of Adult Tissues to Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells  
Gene Editing of Pluripotent Stem Cells  
Custom Research Utilizing Pluripotent Stem Cells and their Differentiated Progeny  
Consultation and Training  
Core Acknowledgement  

Contact Information

The Core is directed by Dr. Christopher Navara. Dr. Navara has over 18 years of experience studying pluripotent stem cells. The Core has two research scientist associates Li-Hua Yen and Isamar Santana Toro each bringing unique skills to the core based on their background in clinical laboratories and quality control.

Christopher Navara Ph.D.
Research Core Director II
Professor of Research
P: (210) 458-6497
Li-hua Yen
Research Assistant


Isamar Santana Toro
Research Assistant