Jan Nolta

Jan Nolta

Position Title

Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, School of Medicine


Profile Introduction

Jan A. Nolta, Ph.D., is the Director of the Stem Cell Program at the University of California Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, and directs the Institute for Regenerative Cures. She also serves as the Scientific Director of the large UC Davis Good Manufacturing Practice Facility, as Scientific Director of the California State Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program, and advisor to the UC Davis Alpha Stem Cell Clinic, funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. A scientist with 30 years’ experience with human stem cells and clinical trial development, Dr. Nolta has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the stem cell and regenerative medicine field, with over 10,000 citations and an h-index of 54. She has served on over 200 review panels for the National Institutes of Health and other grant-funding agencies, was editor of the Book "Genetic Engineering of Mesenchymal Stem Cells", and is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal “Stem Cells” (www.stemcells.com). A major driving force throughout her career has been to provide service to teams working toward novel cures, and to foster a strong sense of community and teamwork. Team training is her passion and she leads several training initiatives at UC Davis and beyond. The fields of stem cells, immunotherapy, gene therapy and regenerative medicine are poised to change the face of healthcare. The new “living medicine” preparation and delivery will be performed by large teams of experts with different expertise and backgrounds. The UC Davis Stem Cell Program is committed to fostering teamwork, training the science and healthcare work force of the future, and to continuing to improve and deliver these novel cutting edge therapies.

Research Interests

Stem Cell Research in Huntington's disease

We use human stem cells to better understand and develop treatments for HD, juvenile HD, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Integrative Genetics and Genomics


  • Institute for Regenerative Cures in Sacramento http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/stemcellresearch/


  • 1994 Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology University of Southern California