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Melero-Martin Laboratory


We are a cell biology and bioengineering laboratory within the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital. We are affiliated with the Harvard Medical School. We specialize in the biology and therapeutic potential of human Endothelial Colony-Forming Cells.

Research Overview

Stem cell transplantation and tissue engineering hold great promise in Regenerative Medicine. However, generating tissues with stable functional vascular beds remains a major challenge. Our laboratory is interested in understanding mechanisms of vascular network formation using human stem and progenitor cells. Current projects in the lab are focused on:

  • Endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs)
  • Bioengineering vascular networks
  • Genetically-engineered vasculature for protein drug delivery


Adventures in gene therapy: Getting your own blood vessels to make drugs

June 18, 2014.  Juan Melero-Martin, VECTOR blog

Key Publications

Human endothelial colony-forming cells serve as trophic mediators for mesenchymal stem cell engraftment via paracrine signaling. Lin RZ, Moreno-Luna R, Li D, Jaminet SCS, Greene AK, Melero-Martin JM.  Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2014; 111(28):10137-10142.

Decreased level of cord blood circulating endothelial colony-forming cells in preeclampsia. Muñoz-Hernandez R, Miranda ML, Stiefel P, Lin RZ, Praena-Fernandez JM, Dominguez-Simeon MJ, Villar J, Moreno-Luna R, Melero-Martin JMHypertension 2014; 64(1):165-171.

Transdermal regulation of vascular network bioengineering using a photopolymerizable methacrylated gelatin hydrogel. Lin RZ, Chen YC, Moreno-Luna R, Khademhosseini A, Melero-Martin JM.  Biomaterials 2013; 34(28):6785-96.

Induction of erythropoiesis using human vascular networks genetically-engineered for controlled erythropoietin release. Lin RZ, Dreyzin A, Aamodt K, Li D, Jaminet SC, Dudley AC, Melero-Martin JM.  Blood 2011; 118(20):5420-8.

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Lab News

HSCI/Children's researcher wins prestigious Bayer Hemophilia Award

May 19, 2014. Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI)

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