Craig Cady

Associate Professor

Olin Hall 103
(309) 677-3021

Ph.D., Research: Neuroendocrine regulation of proton and chloride transporters, University of Arizona
M.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin
B.S., Zoology, University of Wisconsin


Research interest is in developing methods to alter stem cells to function as neurons as a means of replacing neurons damaged during neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease with additional investigations into a potential therapy for using stem cells in treating ovarian cancer.  We are also conducting animal experiments using stem cells to treat heart disease in collaboration with investigators at Emory University. This research uses cord blood stem cells, bone marrow stem cells combined with multiple growth factors and a nanofiber matrix designed to support stem cells after transplantation.


Neurophysiology, Endocrinology, Pathophysiology, Human Physiology


  • Vegesna N, Hoefgen H, Li M, Hall K, Cady C, McAsey M. In vitro chemotaxis of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells following exposure to soluble factors from epithelial ovarian carcinoma cell lines. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (in press)
  • Struble RG, Cady C, Nathan BP, McAsey ME. Apolipoprotein E may be a critical factor in hormone therapy neuroprotection. Frontiers in Bioscience, 2008; 13:5387-405.
  • Cheng X, McAsey ME, Li M, Randall S, Cady C, Nathan B, Struggle R. Estradiol replacement increases the low-density lipoprotein receptor related protein (LRP) in the mouse brain. Neuroscience Letters 2007. 417:50-54.

ProfMinute: "Stem Cell Research"