Alice F. Tarantal

Position Title

Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, School of Medicine
California National Primate Research Center

Primate Center

Profile Introduction

Research focus on the fetus and infant

Research Interests

Regenerative Medicine, Gene Therapy, Stem/Progenitor Cells and Transplantation, Fetal:Maternal Microchimerism, In vivo Imaging for Translational Research

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Comparative Pathology and Biomedical Engineering
  • Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Stem Cell Biology


  • CHA 400 Developmental anatomy lectures in Human Anatomy, Fall

Honors and Awards

  • 2004/05 Faculty award, School of Medicine

    Professional Societies

    • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
    • American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy
    • American Society of Hematology
    • American Society of Primatology
    • Society for Molecular Imaging
    • International Society for Stem Cell Research


    • 1988 PhD Anatomy with a reproductive emphasis University of California


    Tarantal AF, McDonald RJ, Jimenez DF, Lee CCI, OShea CE, Leapley AC, Won RH, Plopper CG, Lutzko C, and Kohn DB. Intrapulmonary and intramyocardial gene transfer in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta): Safety and efficiency of HIV-1-derived lentiviral vectors for fetal gene delivery. Molecular Therapy 12:87-98, 2005.

    Jimenez DF, Leapley AC, Lee CI, Ultsch M-N, and Tarantal AF. Fetal CD34+ cells in the maternal circulation and long-term microchimerism in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Transplantation 79:142-146, 2005.

    Lee CI, Fletcher M, and Tarantal AF. Effects of age on the frequency, cell cycle, and lineage maturation of rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) CD34+ and hematopoietic progenitor cells. Pediatric Research 28:315-322, 2005.

    Tarantal AF, Lee CC, Jimenez DF, and Cherry SR. Fetal gene transfer using lentiviral vectors: in vivo detection of gene expression by microPET and optical imaging in fetal and infant monkeys. Human Gene Therapy 17:1254-1261, 2006.

    Huang J, Lee CCI, Sutcliffe JL, Cherry SR, and Tarantal AF. Radiolabeling rhesus monkey CD34+ hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells with 64Cu-PTSM for microPET. Molecular Imaging 7:1-11, 2008.

    Tarantal AF, Lee CCI, and Itkin-Ansari P. Real-time bioluminescence imaging of macroencapsulated fibroblasts reveal allograft protection in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Transplantation 88:38-41, 2009.

    Batchelder CA, Lee CC, Matsell DG, Yoder MC, and Tarantal AF. Renal ontogeny in the rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) and directed differentiation of human embryonic stem cells towards kidney precursors. Differentiation 78:45-56, 2009.

    Nakayama KH, Batchelder CA, Lee CI, and Tarantal AF. Decellularized rhesus monkey kidney as a three-dimensional scaffold for renal tissue engineering. Tissue Engineering Part A 16:2207-2216, 2010.

    Batchelder CA, Lee CCI, Martinez ML, and Tarantal AF. Ontogeny of the kidney and renal development in the rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta). Anatomical Record 293:1971-1983, 2010.

    Tarantal AF and Lee CCI. Long-term luciferase expression monitored by bioluminescence imaging after adeno-associated virus-mediated fetal gene delivery in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Human Gene Therapy 21:143-148, 2010.

    Tarantal AF, Lee CCI, Batchelder CA, Christensen JE, Martinez ML, Prater D, and Cherry SR. Radiolabeling and in vivo imaging of transplanted renal lineages differentiated from human embryonic stem cells in fetal monkeys. Molecular Imaging and Biology 2011 April 9 [Epub ahead of print].

    Nakayama KH, Batchelder CA, Lee CI, and Tarantal AF. Renal tissue engineering with decellularized rhesus monkey kidneys: age-related differences. Tissue Eng Part A 17:2891-2901, 2011.