Dr. Olson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the Department of Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Olson completed his doctorate in the lab of Dr. Darwin Prockop at Tulane University’s Center for Gene Therapy studying novel methods by which mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) can contribute to tissue repair. At University of California at Davis’s Health Sciences Institute for Regenerative Cures, Dr. Olson worked to apply MSC as a platform to develop new treatments for Huntington’s Disease. Dr. Olson joined The University Sept. 30th of 2011.
Dr. Olson is an academic researcher with experience developing studies with translational applications. At UT Health, his primary focus is bringing his expertise in the field of adult stem cells, specifically MSC, to explore their potential in the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). MSC have been used in a number of completed, ongoing, and proposed clinical trials with reported therapeutic benefits. Dr. Olson strives to better describe the role of MSC in TBI injuries, highlighting their innate therapeutic abilities in an effort to create an improved treatment for TBI.