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Meet the Scientists at the Institute for Cell Engineering

The Institute for Cell Engineering comprises a faculty of 19 primary members listed here and affiliated faculty members listed below. Primary faculty take part in the every day activities, including planning and running journal clubs, planning seminar series and guiding the general research focus of the Institute.

Primary Faculty

Photo of Dr. Seth Blackshaw, Ph.D.

Blackshaw, Seth, Ph.D.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neurogenetics, Obesity
Research Interests: Regulation of hypothalamic cell fate specification and function, Functional analysis of candidate regulators of cell specification and survival in retina, High throughput screening, Molecular basis of neuronal and glial cell fate specification and survival
Photo of Dr. Jeff W.M. Bulte, M.S., Ph.D.

Bulte, Jeff W.M., M.S., Ph.D.

Research Interests: MRI, CEST, MPI, Molecular and Cellular Imaging, Contrast Agents, Nanoparticles, Stem Cells, Theranostics, Reporter Genes
Photo of Dr. Patrick Cahan, M.S., Ph.D.

Cahan, Patrick, M.S., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Stem Cell Engineering, Computational Biology, Single Cell Genomics
Photo of Dr. Ted M. Dawson, M.D., Ph.D.

Dawson, Ted M., M.D., Ph.D.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Neurology, Parkinson's Disease
Research Interests: Neuronal Survival and Cell Death, Molecular and Cellular Signals Controlling Neurodegeneration
Photo of Dr. Valina L. Dawson, Ph.D.

Dawson, Valina L., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Neuronal cell death, Parkinson's disease, Neuronal stem cell development, Neuronal cell survival
Photo of Dr. Hyesoo Kim, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Kim, Hyesoo, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Human pluripotent stem cells, cell fate determination/plasticity, disease modeling
Photo of Dr. Han Seok Ko, M.S., Ph.D.

Ko, Han Seok, M.S., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Molecular and Cellular Signals Controlling Neurodegeneration, Parkinson's disease
Photo of Dr. Gabsang Lee, Ph.D.

Lee, Gabsang, Ph.D.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Muscular Dystrophies, Pain Management, Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Research Interests: Neural crest cell biology, Peripheral nerves disease, Congenital Insensitivity of Pain and Anhidrosis, Familial Dysautonomia, Charcot-Marie-Tooth 1A, Skeletal muscle, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
Photo of Dr. Joel L. Pomerantz, Ph.D.

Pomerantz, Joel L., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Mechanisms of signal transduction in immunity and cancer, antigen receptor signaling to NF-kappaB, Dysregulated signal transduction in Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, Regulation of NK Cell Maturation and Cytotoxicity, CRISPR/Cas9-based genetic screens in immunity and cancer
Photo of Dr. Jonathan Schneck, M.D., Ph.D.

Schneck, Jonathan, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Immunology
Photo of Dr. Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D.

Semenza, Gregg L., M.D., Ph.D.

Research Interests: Protection of the heart against ischemia-reperfusion injury, Role of HIF-1 in cancer, Gene and stem cell therapy for ischemic cardiovascular disease, Molecular mechanisms of oxygen homeostasis, Genetic syndromes due to mutations in genes encoding transcription factors
Photo of Dr. George K. Essien Umanah, Ph.D.

Umanah, George K. Essien, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Neurodegenerative Disorders
Photo of Dr. Elias Thomas Zambidis, M.D., Ph.D.

Zambidis, Elias Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.

Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Bone Marrow Failure, Bone Marrow Transplant, General Pediatrics, Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplant, Histiocytosis, Immune Dysregulation Disorders, Leukemia, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant, Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Pediatric Oncology, Stem Cell Transplants
Research Interests: Stem Cell Biology, Regenerative Medicine, Pediatric Immune Disorders, Histiocytic Disorders, Bone Marrow Transplantation

Affiliate Faculty

Visit our Affiliate Faculty Webpage to meet our researchers.

Researchers and clinicians who become affiliate members of the Institute for Cell Engineering will contribute to this multidisciplinary environment aiming to harness the power of stem cells and regenerative medicine to improve human health. Becoming a member has such benefits as receiving announcements of the Institute sponsored guest lectures and seminars. Members will also receive funding announcements and an Institute newsletter. Members are encouraged to collaborate with other Institute members and participate in Institute-sponsored events. Members will also receive discounted rates for Institute core facilities.

For more information on becoming a member of the Institute, please visit here.

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