About the Authors

Hua Mei

Roles Formal analysis, Investigation, Methodology, Project administration, Validation, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Cornea Division, Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Sheyla González

Roles Formal analysis, Project administration

Affiliation Cornea Division, Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Martin N. Nakatsu

Roles Formal analysis, Project administration

Affiliation Cornea Division, Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Elfren R. Baclagon

Roles Project administration, Resources

Affiliation Cornea Division, Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Felix V. Chen

Roles Formal analysis

Affiliations Cornea Division, Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, UCLA College of Letters and Science, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Sophie X. Deng

Roles Conceptualization, Funding acquisition, Project administration, Resources, Supervision, Writing – review & editing

Deng@jsei.ucla.edu

Affiliation Cornea Division, Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Competing Interests

A patent application (“Novel methods to regenerate human limbal stem cells”, UC-2012-743-2-LA; US PCT/US13/44375) has been filed. This does not alter our adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.