Alice Tarantal, Ph.D.


  • Professor

Clinical Interests

Dr. Tarantal?s research program includes the following areas of translational research: Gene therapy, Stem and progenitor cell therapies, Pediatric models of human disease, Fetal:maternal microchimerism, In vivo imaging applications. Projects focus on hematopoietic, mesenchymal, endothelial, and embryonic stem cells for tissue regeneration and repair and transplantation.

Center/Program Affiliation

Institute for Regenerative Cures
Stem Cell Research Program
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


Ph.D., UC Davis, Davis, California, 1899

Professional Memberships

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

American Society for Gene Therapy

American Society of Hematology

American Society of Primatologists

International Society for Stem Cell Research

Society of Molecular Imaging

Select Recent Publications

Butt MJ, Tarantal AF, Jimenez DF, and Matsell DG. Collecting duct epithelial?mesenchymal transition in fetal urinary tract obstruction. Kidney International 72:936-944, 2007.

Hacia JG, Lee CCI, Jimenez DF, Karaman MW, Ho VV, Siegmund KD, and Tarantal AF. Age-related gene expression profiles of rhesus monkey bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry [Epub], 2007.

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.

Tarantal AF, McDonald RJ, Jimenez DF, Lee CC, O'Shea CE, Leapley AC, Won RH, Plopper CG, Lutzko C, 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(1)87-98, 2005.

Jimenez DF, Leapley AC, Lee CI, Ultsch MN, Tarantal AF, Fetal CD34+ cells in the maternal circulation and long-term microchimerism in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta), Transplantation, 79(2)142-6, 2005.

Joffe TH, Tarantal AF, Rice K, Leland M, Oerke AK, Rodeck C, Geary M, Hindmarsh P, Wells JC, Aiello LC, Fetal and infant head circumference sexual dimorphism in primates, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 126(1)97-110, 2005.

Lee CC, Fletcher MD, Tarantal AF, Effect of age on the frequency, cell cycle, and lineage maturation of rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) CD34+ and hematopoietic progenitor cells, Pediatric Research, 58(2)315-22, 2005.

Lee CC, Jimenez DF, Kohn DB, Tarantal AF, Fetal gene transfer using lentiviral vectors and the potential for germ cell transduction in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta), Human Gene Therapy, 16(4)417-25, 2005.

Carlson JR, Chang WL, Zhou SS, Tarantal AF, Barry PA, Rhesus brain microvascular endothelial cells are permissive for rhesus cytomegalovirus infection, Journal of General Virology, 86(Pt 3)545-9, 2005.

Fitzgerald JT, Sena MJ, Vandewalker KN, Johnson JR, Griffey SM, Tarantal AF, Barry PA, McChesney MB, Ramsamooj R, Perez RV, Occult pretransplantation systemic inflammation and posttransplantation vascular changes in a primate arterial allograft model, Transplantation, 78(3)367-74, 2004.

Gregory CR, Kyles AE, Bernsteen L, Wagner GS, Tarantal AF, Christe KL, Brignolo L, Spinner A, Griffey SM, Paniagua RT, Hubble RW, Borie DC, Morris RE, Compared with cyclosporine, ISATX247 significantly prolongs renal-allograft survival in a nonhuman primate model, Transplantation, 78(5)681-5, 2004.

Lee CI, Cowan MJ, Kohn DB, Tarantal AF, Simian immunodeficiency virus infection of hematopoietic stem cells and bone marrow stromal cells, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology, 36(1)553-61, 2004.

Lee CI, Kohn DB, Ekert JE, Tarantal AF, Morphological analysis and lentiviral transduction of fetal monkey bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells, Molecular Therapy, 9(1)112-23, 2004.