Faculty members of the Center for Stem Cell Biology (CSCB) work on a broad range of topics in stem cell research that includes developmental studies in model organisms, the directed differentiation of stem cells, mechanisms of self-renewal, pluripotency and reprogramming, the relationship of stem cells and cancer, small molecule approaches, and the use of stem cells as a model of human disease. In addition, a close collaboration between the CSCB and Center for Cell Engineering at Memorial Sloan Kettering aims at realizing the potential of stem cells for the next generation of cell-based therapies.

Select from the list below to learn more about our members.

Executive Committee
Lorenz Studer
Lorenz P. Studer, MD
Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology
Developmental Biology Program

Research interests: Stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, stem cells as a model of development and disease, stem cell transplantation in neural disease, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, development of HTS assays in stem cell biology

Michel Sadelain

Michel Sadelain, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Cell Engineering
Molecular Pharmacology Program

Research interests: Genetic engineering, lentiviral-mediated gene transfer, transgene regulation, beta-thalessemia, investigating control of transgene expression in vivo in hematopoietic stem cells and how to augment immune responses against tumor cells

Robert Benezra

Robert Benezra, PhD
Cancer Biology and Genetics Program

Research interests: Study of the role of Id proteins in the maintenance of embryonic and adult stem cells


Bayard Clarkson

Bayard D. Clarkson, MD
Department of Medicine
Molecular Pharmacology Program

Research interests: Genetic abnormalities responsible for clinical manifestations of CML, Ph+ALL, chronic neutrophilic leukemia

Robert J. Downey

Robert J. Downey, MD
Department of Surgery

Research interests: Role of stem cells in the development of cancer, the potential role of stem cells derived from bone marrow in the development of epithelial cancers

Lydia Finley

Lydia Finley, PhD
Cell Biology Program

Research interests: The reciprocal regulation of metabolic pathways and stem cell fate decisions

Karuna Ganesh

Karuna Ganesh, MD, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology Program
Department of Medicine

Research interests: Metastatic stem cells and regenerative plasticity in cancer

Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis

Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, PhD
Developmental Biology Program

Research interests: Morphogenesis of the early mammalian embryo, embryonic stem and progenitor cells, tools and methods for in vivo imaging

Kristian Helin

Kristian Helin, PhD
Chair, Cell Biology Program

Research interests: Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms affecting transcription, stem cell identity and cell-fate decisions

Danwei Huangfu

Danwei Huangfu, PhD
Developmental Biology Program

Research interests: Directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, genetic lineage programming and reprogramming, pancreatic development and precursor cell biology

Maria Jasin

Maria Jasin, PhD
Developmental Biology Program

Research Interests: Mechanisms of DNA repair and homologous recombination, genetic engineering of somatic and stem cell populations, germ-line recombination in mouse

Alexandra L. Joyner

Alexandra L. Joyner, PhD
Developmental Biology Program

Research interests: Mechanisms of cerebellar development, SHH signaling, adult neural stem cell biology

Michael Kharas

Michael Kharas, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology Program

Role of RNA regulatory molecules such as Musashi-2 in normal and leukemic hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), identification of factors that control HSC self-renewal and differentiation

Eric Lai

Eric Lai, PhD
Developmental Biology Program

Research Interests: MicroRNA biology, the role of notch and miRNAs in developmental patterning and in neural stem cell populations

Joan Massagué

Joan Massagué, PhD
Director, Sloan Kettering Institute
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Research interests: Role of TGF-beta signaling, cancer stem cells, metastatic behavior

Christine Mayr

Christine Mayr, MD, PhD
Cancer Biology and Genetics Program

Research interests: Functional role and regulation of alternative polyadenylation during ES cell differentiation into different cell types

Richard J. O'Reilly

Richard J. O’Reilly, MD
Department of Pediatrics
Immunology Program

Research interests: Bone marrow transplantation, hematopoietic stem cells and transplantation therapy with particular focus on pediatric patients

Mark Ptashne, PhD
Molecular Biology Program

Research interests: Basic mechanisms of gene regulation, primarily in yeast, but with an eye to understanding many basic aspects of biological regulation including cell fate specification and cell reprogramming towards pluripotency

Viviane S. Tabar

Viviane S. Tabar, MD
Department of Neurosurgery

Research interests: Neural and embryonic stem cells in brain repair following injury or disease, disease areas, Parkinson’s disease and ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), radiation injury to the brain, cancer stem cells, glioma biology and tumor angiogenesis

Tuomas Tammela, MD, PhD

Tuomas Tammela, MD, PhD

Research interests: Understanding and manipulating tumor cell heterogeneity. Defining the pathways that maintain stem-like behaviors in tumors

Marcel R. van den Brink

Marcel R. M. van den Brink, MD, PhD
Chief, Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation Service
Immunology Program

Research interests: Hematopoietic stem cells transplantation, transplantation immunology including graft versus host disease, engineering of lymphoid precursors for adaptive immunotherapies

Thomas Vierbuchen

Thomas Vierbuchen, PhD
Developmental Biology Program

Research interests: Modeling neural development using directed differentiation of mouse and human pluripotent stem cells, functional dissection of gene regulatory networks controlling neural tube patterning and neuronal differentiation, developing new in vitro models to understand pathogenesis of human neurological disorders

Hans-Guido Wendel

Hans-Guido Wendel, MD
Cancer Biology and Genetics Program

Research interests: Stem cell based tumor models, iPSC-derived tissue and the risk of cancer, generation of safe iPSC cells

Richard White

Richard Mark White, MD, PhD
Cancer Biology and Genetics Program

Research interests: Modeling specification of neural crest lineages and melanoma biology in the zebrafish

Ting Zhou, PhD

Ting Zhou, PhD
Developmental Biology Program

Research interests: Human pluripotent stem cell biology and technology. Derivation, directed differentiation and genetic manipulation of human pluripotent stem cells. Cell based chemical and genetic screen and human pluripotent based disease modeling