Doris Taylor, a pioneer in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, bases her research on the concept that the body will accept an organ generated from its own stem cells. Her ground-breaking research strips hearts and other organs of their cells, leaving a scaffold that serves as the foundation for a bioartificial organ reseeded with healthy stem cells. In September 2013, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the creation of a Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, a collaboration between Texas A&M University and the Texas Heart Institute, led by Dr. Taylor. Dr. Taylor is the director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Taylor holds a BS in biology from Mississippi University for Women and a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.