NYSCF Fellows

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The New York Stem Cell Foundation Fellowship Program: Scientists leading their generation in stem cell research.

The New York Stem Cell Foundation’s postdoctoral fellowship program was created to train and support young scientists in the pursuit of innovative stem cell research. NYSCF Fellows comprise an elite group of postdoctoral researchers who are doing groundbreaking work in the field of regenerative medicine.

Some of the fellows work at the NYSCF Laboratory, and others are based at premier institutions with which NYSCF has a close working relationship. All fellows receive an annual stipend and other support from NYSCF, and every fellow presents his or her work at the NYSCF Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference.

Principal support for the program is provided by Fiona and Stan Druckenmiller with additional support provided by The Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences and other generous donors.

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Meet the NYSCF Fellows

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Laura Andres-Martin, PhD
2015 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow
 
Unraveling the Mechanism for Positive Selection of Disease-Associated Mutations in the Testis
 
 
Weill Cornell Medical College
Faculty Sponsor: Marco Seandel MD, PhD
 

Laura Andres-Martin received her BS and PhD from the University of Salamanca, Spain. She completed her thesis work at The Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics, Spain as a recipient of a fellowship from the Junta de Castilla y Leon. She has published in Stem Cell Reports, The Journal of Neuroscience, and Andrology

 
Laura Andres-Martin, PhD
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Dafne Campigli Di Giammartino, PhD

2015 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow

Understanding Cellular Identity for Applications in Regenerative Medicine

Weill Cornell Medical College
Faculty Sponsor: Effie Apostolou, PhD

Campigli Di Giammartino received her BS and MS from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and her PhD from Columbia University. She has published in Molecular Cell and in Genes and Development.

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Dafne Campigli Di Giammartino, PhD
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Zhongwei Cao, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow


 
Understanding why Lymphoma Cells are Resistant to Chemotherapy


 
Weill Cornell Medical College

Faculty Sponsor: Shahin Rafii, MD


 
Cao received her BS and MS from Nanjing University, China and her PhD from University of California, Davis, where she was a Zolk Fellow. Previously, she received a Charles Trey, MD Memorial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the American Liver Foundation. She has published in Nature, Cancer Cell, and Cancer Research.
 
Zhongwei Cao, PhD
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Panos Douvaras, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow


 
Understanding Multiple Sclerosis Using Patient-Specific Cells
 
The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute
Faculty Sponsor: Valentina Fossati, PhD
 
Douvaras received his BSc at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece and his MSc and PhD at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Previously, he received the Development & Alumni Small Project Grant from the University of Edinburgh and the Symington Bequest Award from the Anatomical Society of Great Britain & Ireland. He has published in Stem Cells and Stem Cell Research.
 
Panos Douvaras, PhD
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Hongda Li, PhD

2015 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow

Modeling a Neurodevelopmental Disorder Using Stem Cells

The Rockefeller University
Faculty Sponsor: Joseph G. Gleeson, MD

Li received his BS from Fudan University, China, and his PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received several awards, including a fellowship from UW-Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center,The Schilimgen Award, and Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Award. He has published in Nature Neuroscience and Nature Communications.

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Hongda Li, PhD
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Larry Luchsinger, PhD

2013 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow

Studying Mitochondria to Understand Blood Stem Cell Disorders like Leukemia and Lymphoma

Columbia University
Faculty Sponsor: Hans Snoeck, MD, PhD

Luchsinger received his BS from Marquette University, and his MA and PhD from Boston University. He was Chairman of the Biochemistry Student Organization from 2007-2010 and was awarded the 1st prize at the Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Day in 2011. He has published in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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Larry Luchsinger, PhD
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Bjarki Johannesson, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow
 
Using Stem Cells to Understand Type 1 Diabetes
 
The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute
Faculty Sponsor: Dieter Egli, PhD
 
Johannesson received his BSc and MSc from the University of Iceland and his PhD from European Molecular Biology Laboratories (EMBL), Germany. He has published in Nature.
 
Bjarki Johannesson, PhD
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Alexandre Gaspar Maia, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow
 
Understanding Cellular Reprogramming and Cancer Progression
 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Faculty Sponsor: Emily Bernstein, PhD
 
Gaspar Maia received his BS from University of Porto, Portugal. He joined the PhD program at University of Coimbra, Portugal and did his thesis work at University of California, San Francisco. Previously, he received a fellowship from the Department of Defense. He has published in Nature, Cell Stem Cell, and Nature Communications.
 
Alexandre Gaspar Maia, PhD
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Maitane Ortiz-Virumbrales, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow
 
Exploring Effective Personalized Treatments for Alzheimer's disease
 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Faculty Sponsor: Samuel E. Gandy, MD
 
Oritz-Virumbrales received her BSc and PhD from Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain and did her thesis work at the National Center for Biotechnology, Spain. Previously, she received a grant from the Spanish Ministry for Education and Science, and was awarded a fellowship by the Comunidad de Madrid and the European Social Fund. She has published in The Journal of Immunology and PLoS One.
 
Maitane Ortiz-Virumbrales, PhD
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Dominik Paquet, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow
 
Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of Nerve Cell Degeneration in Alzheimer's disease
 
The Rockefeller University
Faculty Sponsor: Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD
 
Paquet received his BS from the University of Tübingen, Germany, his MS from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and his PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. He has received several awards including a fellowship from the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Leda-Hanin Award and the VERUM Award. He has published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, The Journal of Neuroscience, and PNAS.
 
Dominik Paquet, PhD
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Sandra Pinho, PhD

2013 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow

Developing Strategies to Increase Blood Stem Cell Formation

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Frenette, PhD

Pinho received her BS from University of Porto, Portugal, and her PhD at the Imperial College of London, United Kingdom. She received the 2012 Abstract Achievement Award at the Annual American Society of Hematology meeting. She has published in Nature Medicine and Development, and holds a patent.

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Sandra Pinho, PhD
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Brett Shook, PhD

2015 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow

Understanding How Fat Cells Contribute to Wound Healing

Yale University
Faculty Sponsor:Valerie Horsley, PhD

Shook received his BS from the Pennsylvania State University and his PhD from the University of Connecticut. He received the Society for Investigative Dermatology travel fellowship. He has published in The Journal of Neuroscience and Aging Cell.

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Brett Shook, PhD
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Sjoukje van der Stegen, PhD
2015 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow
 
Using Stem Cells to Generate Cancer-Fighting T Cells
 
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Faculty Sponsor: Michel Sadelain MD, PhD
 

Sjoukje van der Stegen received her BSc and MSc from Maastricht University, and her PhD from King’s College London. She received the Dutch Cancer Society student travel award and Best Oral Presentation at the King’s College London’s Division of Cancer Studies PhD Symposium. She has published in The Journal of Immunology, The Journal of Biological Methods, and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery.

 
Sjoukje van der Stegen, PhD

 

NYSCF Fellowship Alumni

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Sriram Bandi, PhD

Current Appointment: 
Research Scientist, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Bandi received his PhD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He recceived a Senior Research Fellowship from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Resesarch, an affiliate of the Indian Government. He is currently interested in utilizing cell therapy for the research and treatment of liver diseases. He has published in Hepatology, The American Journal of Pathology, and The Journal of Cell Science.


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2007 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Making Liver Cells from Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Transplantation

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Faculty Sponsor: Sanjeev Gupta, MD

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Sriram Bandi, PhD
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Ting Chen, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Investigator, National Institute of Biological Sciences, China

Dr. Chen received her PhD from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, specializing in cell biology. She received the AACR Astellas USA Fellowship for Clinical or Translational Cancer Research in 2008. Her work involves stem cells undergoing tissue regeneration during normal homeostasis and in response to wounding. She has published in Nature and Cell Stem Cell.


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2008 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Exploring What Induces Hair Stem Cells to Become Cancerous

The Rockefeller Univerisity
Faculty Sponsor: Elaine Fuchs, PhD

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Ting Chen, PhD
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Elisa Cimetta, PhD

Current Appointment:
Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University

Dr. Cimetta received her PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Padua in Italy. She was award a Veneto Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2009 with which she studied the production of functional human tissue. She is the Co-Founder of EpiBone, a personalized bone reconstruction company. She has published in Current Opinions in Biotechnology and Experimental Biology and Medicine.


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2010 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Advanced Technologies to Study and Direct Stem Cell Differentiation

Columbia University
Faculty Sponsor: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD

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Elisa Cimetta, PhD
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Dilek Colak, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Colak received her PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University in Germany. She was awarded a European Molecular Biology Organization Fellowship in 2009 and named a Blavatnik Award Finalist in 2014. She is most recognized for her work on regulatory mechanisms in RNA and protein expression during neuronal development. She has published in Science, Cell, and Journal of Medical Genetics.


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2011 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Using Stem Cells to Model Fragile X Syndrome, an Inherited Form of Mental Impairment

Weill Cornell Medical College
Faculty Sponsor: Samie R. Jaffrey, MD, PhD

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Dilek Colak, PhD
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Francesco Paolo Di Giorgio, PhD

Current Appointment:
Laboratory Head, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Switzerland

Dr. Di Giorgio received his PhD from Harvard University in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He was award a Merck & Co. Fellowship and a scholarship from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Germany. He also was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute, where he helped establish a protol to directly differentiate human embryonic stem cells into neurons. He has published in Nature Neuroscience, Stem Cell Reports, and Cell Stem Cell.


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2007 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Making Nerve Cells from Embryonic Stem Cells to Study Alzheimer's Disease

The Salk Institute
Faculty Sponsor: Fred Gage, PhD

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Francesco Paolo Di Giorgio, PhD
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Raffaella Di Micco, PhD

Current Appointment:
Principal Investigator, The San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy

Dr. Di Micco received her PhD from SEMM, European School of Molecular Medicine, Italy. She was award a European Molecular Biology Organization fellowship in 2010 and a Human Frontier Science Program fellowship in 2011. She has identified novel molecular targets involved in the maintenance of stem cell self-renewal capacity. She has published in Nature, Nature Cell Biology, and Cancer Cell.


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2013 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow

Directing Stem Cell Fate to Improve Treatments and Therapies

New York University School of Medicine
Faculty Sponsor: Eva Hernando, PhD

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Raffaella Di Micco, PhD
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Bi-Sen Ding, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Ding earned his PhD from the Univeresity of Pennsylvania, where he received the Award for Outstanding Dissertation. He was named a Blavatnik Award Finalist in 2013. He is recognized for uncovering a dynamically active role for vascular vessels in the production of growth factors that instruct organ regeneration. He has published in Nature Cell Biology, Cancer Cell, and Nature. Dr. Ding also holds multiple patents.


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2011 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Developing Strategies for Liver Regeneration

Weill Cornell Medical College
Faculty Sponsor: Shahin Rafii, MD

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Bi-Sen Ding, PhD
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Dietrich Egli, PhD

Current Appointment:
Senior Research Fellow, The NYSCF Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Columbia University

Dr. Egli received his PhD from the Institute of Molecular Biology and the Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich. His research currently focuses on the generation of therapeutically relevant cells for the treatment of diabetes. His work creating patient-specific stem cells using the DNA of patients with type I diabetes, first published in Nature in October 2011, was named the #1 Medical Breakthrough of 2011 by Time Magazine, which also named him one of 2011's People Who Mattered. Dr. Egli was named a NYSCF - Robertson Stem Cell Investigator in 2012.


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2008 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Reprogramming Human Somatic Cells by Nuclear Transfer

The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Eggan, PhD

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Dietrich Egli, PhD
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Samantha England, PhD

Current Appointment:
Research Technician, University of Calgary, Canada

Dr. England received her PhD in Biomedical Genetics from the University of Rochester. She is currently working to better understand the mechanisms of extensive self-renewal of erythroblasts derived from early mouse embryos. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CEA in France, where she worked with erythroblasts as well. She has published in Blood, Stem Cell Reports, and Experimental Hematology.


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2012 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Creating Blood from Human Embryonic Stem Cells

University of Rochester Medical Center
Faculty Sponsor: James Palis, MD

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Samantha England, PhD
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Elena Ezhkova, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Ezhkova received her PhD from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, specializing in Molecular Biology. She was granted the Women and Science Postdoctoral Fellow Award and is a Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellowship recipient. She is currently focused on the role of epigenetic regulators in stem cell control, using skin as a model system. Dr. Ezhkova is the recipient of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award and was named an Ellison Foundation New Scholar in Aging. She has published in Development, Cell Stem Cell, and Nature.


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2006 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Exploring Changes to Embryonic Stem Cells in Skin and Hair When Tumors Form

The Rockefeller University
Faculty Sponsor: Elaine Fuchs, PhD

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Elena Ezhkova, PhD
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Christopher Fasano, PhD

Current Appointment:
Director of Research & Development, Neural Stem Cell Institute

Dr. Fasano received his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Albany Medical School. He received the Graduate Student Alumni Award and the Richard Miller Alumni Prize for Outstanding Research Presentations. His work concerns the generation of specific neurons that could ameliorate Parkinson's disease symptoms. Dr. Fasano also hosts a bi-weekly PodCast called THE Stem Cell Podcast. He has published in Cell Stem Cell, Nature, and Nature Neuroscience.


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2008 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Making Embryonic Stem Cells into Nerve Cells for Cell Replacement in Parkinson's Disease

New York Neural Stem Cell Institute
Faculty Sponsor: Sally Temple, PhD

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Christopher Fasano, PhD
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Nuria Flames, PhD

Current Appointment:
Principal Investigator, Institute of Biomedicine of Valencia, Spain

Dr. Flames received her PhD from the Instituto Neurociencias de Alicante, Spain, and received the Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship from the European Union. Her work currently involves unraveling the molecular mechanisms responsible for the generation and maintenance of neuronal diversity, utilizing C. elegans as a simple model organism. She has published in Neuron, Nature, and The Journal of Neuroscience.


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2009 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Developing Dopaminergic Neurons for Therapeutic Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

Columbia University
Faculty Sponsor: Oliver Hobert, PhD

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Nuria Flames, PhD
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Valentina Fossati, PhD

Current Appointment:
NYSCF - Helmsley Investigator, The NYSCF Research Institute

Dr. Fossati received her PhD from the University of Bologna. She is using skin samples from patients with multiple sclerosis to create the oligodendrocytes affected by the disease. She previously worked on the development of the immune system, initially focusing on B lymphocytes, and as a postdoctoral fellow, on the generation of thymic epithelial cells from embryonic stem cells. She has published in Journal of Immunology and Stem Cell Reports. Dr. Fossati was named a NYSCF - Helmsley Stem Cell Investigator in 2010.


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2009 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Producing Thymus Cells from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells for the Treatment of Immune Deficiencies

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Faculty Sponsor: Hans Snoeck, PhD

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Valentina Fossati, PhD
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Tamar Hermesh, PhD

Current Appointment:
Accelerated Medical Program Student, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Dr. Hermesh earned her PhD from Mount Sinal School of Medicine in New York, where she conducted research in the Microbiology department, studying the response of bone marrow leukocytes to type I interferon during influenza. Her most recent paper dealt with life-threatening influenza and impaired inferferon amplification in human IRF7 deficiency. She has published in Journal of Immunology, Journal of Virology, and Science


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2011 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Understanding the Development of Nervous System Immunity

The Rockefeller University
Faculty Sponsor: Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD

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Tamar Hermesh, PhD
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Ya-Chieh Hsu, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Harvard University

Dr. Hsu received her PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. She received the Starr Stem Cell Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Keystone Symposia Scholarship. Using skin as their primary model system, her lab aims to understand how stem cell behaviors are regulated in a precise manner to meet various physiological demands and how dysregulated stem cell behaviors lead to diseases. She has published in Cell, Nature Medicine, and Stem Cells.


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2011 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Understanding Stem Cell Cycles Related to Cancer

The Rockefeller University
Faculty Sponsor: Elaine Fuchs, PhD

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Ya-Chieh Hsu, PhD
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Sarah X.L. Huang, MD, PhD, MPH

Current Appointment:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University

Dr. Huang received her MD from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, her MPG from Peking University, China, and her PhD from Columbia University in New York. She received the Weinstein Award for Academic Excellence at Columbia in 2009. She is currently working on directed differentiation from human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells to lung epithelial cells. Dr. Huang has published in Science, Nature Biotechnology, and Cancer Research.


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2011 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Generating Lung Cells from Stem Cells

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Faculty Sponsor: Hans Snoeck, MD, PhD

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Sarah X.L. Huang, MD, PhD, MPH
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Justin Ichida, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Dr. Ichida received his PhD from Harvard Medical School in Genetics. His current research focuses on using patient-specific disease modeling, next-generation sequencing, and chemical screening to identify disease mechanisms and new treatments for Lou Gehrig's Disease and sensorineural hearing loss. He has published in Cell Stem Cell, Nature Chemical Biology, and Neuron. He is the recipient of the Department of Defense ALS Therapeutic Development Award and NIH Pathway to Independence Award. He was named a NYSCF - Robertson Stem Cell Investigator in 2015.


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2007 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Developing Ways to Safely Reprogram Adult Cells into Stem Cells

Harvard University
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Eggan, PhD

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Justin Ichida, PhD
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Keiichi Inoue, PhD

Current Appointment:
Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University

Dr. Inoue received his PhD from the University of Tokyo and specialized in medical science at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University. His research focuses on cell replacement therapies for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease. He received an Award for Oversea Study from the Kanae Foundation for the Promotion of Medical Science and a Travel Grant for Postdoctoral Fellows from The Molecular Biology Society of Japan. Dr. Inoue has published in Nature, Neuron, and PLoS Genetics.


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2007 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Making Human Embryonic Stem Cells into the Nerve Cells Lost in Parkinson's Disease

Columbia University
Faculty Sponsor: Asa Abeliovich, MD, PhD

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Keiichi Inoue, PhD
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Daylon James, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. James received his PhD from The Rockefeller Univeresity, specializing in Molecular Embryology. His work currently seeks to employ human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells to generate endothelial and hematopoietic cells for regenerative therapy of cardiovascular and hematologic disease. He has published in Cell, Blood, and Nature.


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2007 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Turning Human Embryonic Stem Cells into Blood Vessels to Repair Diseased or Damaged Tissues

Weill Cornell Medical College
Faculty Sponsor: Shahin Rafii, MD

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Daylon James, PhD
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Natalie Kim, PhD

Current Appointment:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Dr. Kim received her PhD from the New York University School of Medicine. During her PhD in Steve Burden's lab, she specialized in neuromuscular synapse formation. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University in Lee Rubin's lab, where she worked on the directed neuronal differentiation of embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. She has published in Cell, Nature Neuroscience, and Blood.


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2009 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Finding Better Ways to Generate Neurons via Reprogramming

Harvard University
Faculty Sponsor: Lee Rubin, PhD

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Natalie Kim, PhD
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Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

Dr. Kiskinis earned his PhD from Imperial College, London, UK. He received a European Molecular Biology Organization Fellowship in 2008, and has worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland. He is currently focused on utilizing patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells and direct reprogramming methods to generate different neuronal subtypes implicated in motor neuron disease and epileptic channelopathies. He has published in Cell Stem Cell and Cell.


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2011 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Novel Therapeutics for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Harvard University
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Eggan, PhD

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Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD
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Fabien Lafaille, PhD

Current Appointment:
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Rockefeller University

Dr. Lafaille completed his PhD at Weill Cornell Medical College. He was recognized for his work at the 2011 European Consortium for Stem Cell Thherapy in Neurodegenerative Diseases. He has been working on understanding the impaired intrinsic immunity to HSV-1 in the central nervous system. He has published in Science, Nature, and Frontiers in Immunology.


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2012 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Using Stem Cells Models to Understand a Rare Nervous System Disease, Herpes Simplex Encephalitis (HSE)

The Rockefeller University
Faculty Sponsor: Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD

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Fabien Lafaille, PhD
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Dung-Fang Lee, PhD

Current Appointment:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Lee received his PhD from the University of Texas, specializing in Cancer Biology. He received the Alfred Knudson Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University of Texas Health Science Center. His current work involvse aplying induced pluripotent stem cell disease models to study molecular mechanisms involved in Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS)-associated osteosarcoma. He has published in Cell Stem Cell, Stem Cells, and Cancer Cell.


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2009 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Making Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Cells for Transplantation

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Faculty Sponsor: Ihor Lemischka, PhD

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Dung-Fang Lee, PhD
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Gabsang Lee, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Lee received his PhD in Veterinary Medicine from Seoul National University. He has established a novel methodology for direct derivation and prospective isolation of neural crest cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells. He and his lab currently aim to continue research on peripheral nerve disease and muscular dystrophies. He has published in Nature, Nature Biotechnology, and Cell Stem Cell. He is the recipient of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Award and has been named a STAR (Strategy to Accelerate Research) SAB member in CMT Association. He was named a NYSCF - Robertson Stem Cell Investigator in 2011.


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2009 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Using Human Stem Cells to Treat a Hereditary Nervous System Condition

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Faculty Sponsor: Lorenz Studer, MD

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Gabsang Lee, PhD
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Darja Marolt, PhD

Current Appointment:
NYSCF - Helmsley Investigator, The NYSCF Research Institute

Dr. Marolt received her PhD from the University of Ljublijana, Slovenia. She worked as a young researcher at the Blood Transfusion Center of Slovenia and a visiting student to the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She is working to develop tissue engineering approaches to repair and generate bone using stem cells. She has published in PLoS One and Stem Cell Research & Therapy. She was named a NYSCF - Helmsley Stem Cell Investigator in 2010.


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2007 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Turning Human Embryonic Stem Cells into Functioning Bone and Cartilage for Replacement Therapy

Columbia University
Faculty Sponsor: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD

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Darja Marolt, PhD
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Ian Martin, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Martin received his PhD in Human Genetics from the Medical College of Virginia. In 2006, he received the Rosco D. Hughes Fellowship. His work currently involves utilizing Drosophila genetics to examine how dopamine neuron degeneration occurs following mutations linked to Parkinson's disease. He has published in Cell and Journal of Neurochemistry.


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2010 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Generating and Characterizing Neurons from Parkinson's disease Patients

Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Sponsor: Ted Dawson, MD, PhD

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Ian Martin, PhD
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Christophe Raynaud, PhD

Current Appointment:
Staff Scientist, Sidra Medical and Research Center

Dr. Raynaud earned his PhD from the Atomic Energy Center, France. He was named Student of the Year in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Previously, he has spent time working at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Currently, he is working on the direct and indirect reprogramming of fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes for tissue regeneration. He has published in Journal of American Chemical Society, Journal of Translational Medicine, and Stem Cells.


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2011 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Treating Leukemia Using Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar
Jeremie Arash Rafii Tabrizi, MD, PhD

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Christophe Raynaud, PhD
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Pantelis Rompolas, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Rompolas received his PhD from the University of Connecticut Health Center. He received the James Hudson Brown - Alexander Brown Coxe Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Keystone Symposia Fellowship. He and his lab currently aim to use novel imaging technologies to uncover the genes that control stem cell identity and fate and investigate how stem cells interact with elements of the skin microenvironment. He has published in Nature, Science, and Molecular Biology of the Cell.


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2013 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow

Visualizing Stem Cell Behavior in Cancer

Yale University
Faculty Sponsor: Valentina Greco, PhD

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Pantelis Rompolas, PhD
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Marco Seandel, MD, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Seandel received his MD and PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He specialized in Molecular and Cellular Biology and was recognized with the Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He and his lab are working with a combination of cell culture-based and murine models to address signals emanating from the microenvironment that influence the fate of adult stem cells and cancer cells. He has published in Stem Cell Reports, Cell Stem Cell, and Nature.


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2008 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Exploring Ways to Obtain Stem Cells from Male Reproductive Cells

Weill Cornell Medical College / Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Faculty Sponsor: Shahin Rafii, MD

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Marco Seandel, MD, PhD
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Jae-won Shim, PhD

Current Appointment:
Assistant Professor, Soonchunhyang University, South Korea

Dr. Shim received his PhD from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. He was previously awarded the Korea Research Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Currently, he is interested in the derivation of functional dopamine neurons based on the strategy of cell replacement therapy to Parkinson's disease and specific gene functions in related brain development. He has published in Stem Cells, Cell Stem Cell, and Developmental Biology.


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2010 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Modeling Parkinson's disease Using Patient-Specific Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Faculty Sponsor: Lorenz Studer, MD

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Jae-won Shim, PhD
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Shivatra Noi Talchai

Current Appointment:
Principal Investigator, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

Dr. Talchai received her PhD in Human Nutrition from Columbia University. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Early Investigator Award from The Endocrine Society and a Young Investigator Award from the American Diabetes Association. She is attempting to generate human insulin-producing cells using stem cells and identify biomarkers for human beta-cell dedifferentiation. Dr. Talchai holds a patent for diabetes treatment. She has published in Science, Nature Biotechnology, and the New England Journal of Medicine


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2010 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Making Gut Cells into Insulin-Producing Cells for the Treatment of Diabetes

Columbia University
Faculty Sponsor: Domenico Accili, MD

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Shivatra Noi Talchai
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Wee-Wei Tee

Current Appointment:
Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Tee received his PhD at the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, as a recipient of a Wellcome Trust PhD scholarship. He is working on understanding how developmental competence is acquired in stem cells through modulatin of the chromatin and transcriptional machineries. He has published in Genes and Development and Molecular Biology of the Cell.


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2012 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Unraveling the Mechanisms that Control Gene Expression

New York University School of Medicine
Faculty Sponsor: Danny Reinberg, PhD

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Wee-Wei Tee
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Maya Tevlin, PhD

Current Appointment:
Research Scientist, The Feinstein Institute for Biomedical Research

Dr. Tevlin received her PhD from The Hebrew University in Israel. She received the Bristol-Myers Squibb Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is currently part of a team conducting the Research Out-Smarts Endometriosis (ROSE) study, directed towards investigating the causes of endometriosis and bring improved diagnostics and treatments for women with endometriosis. She has published in Nautre and Science.


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2010 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Modeling Cell Fate Changes During Embryo Development

The Rockefeller University
Faculty Sponsor: Shai Shaham, PhD

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Maya Tevlin, PhD
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Maria Themeli MD, PhD

Current Appointment:
Senior Research Fellow, VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dr. Themeli received her MD and PhD from the University of Patras Medical School, Greece. She has received numerous accolades including the Arkagathos Goutas Award from the Greek Society of Hematology, a clinical scholars fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Ketting Cancer Center, and acceptance into the ASH-EHA Translational Research Training in Hematology Program. She has published in Nature Biotechnology and Leukemia.


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2014 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellow
 

Using Stem Cells to Generate Cancer-Fighting T Cells

Memorial Sloan – Kettering Cancer Center
Faculty Sponsor: Michel Sadelain MD, PhD

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Maria Themeli MD, PhD
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George Kai Wang, PhD

Current Appointment:
Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University

Dr. Wang received his MD from Tongji Medical College and his PhD from the University of Hong Kong. He aims to establish a cellular model based on genetically engineered human smbryonic stem cells to help understand the fundamental mechanism of sudden cardiac death caused by abnormalities in cardiac ion channels. He has published in Stem Cells, Journal of Physiology, and Journal of General Physiology.


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2010 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Modeling an Inherited Heart Disease Disorder Using Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Columbia University
Faculty Sponsor: Robert Kass, PhD

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George Kai Wang, PhD
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Yingying Zhang, MD, PhD

Current Appointment:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Dr. Zhang received her PhD in Biochemistry from Jacobs University in Germany. She has worked on the German National Methylome project of human chromosome 21. Her work currently involves an interest in the role of epigenetic regulation - stable modifications of the chromatin and DNA that do not alter the primary nucleotide sequence. She has published in Cell Stem Cell, Cell, and PLoS Genetics.


Fellowship Details:

NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Characterizing the Ways Stem Cells Become Liver Cells

Harvard University
Faculty Sponsor: Alexander Meissner, PhD

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Yingying Zhang, MD, PhD
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Giovanni Zito, PhD

Current Appointment:
Research Associate, Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute, Italy

Dr. Zito earned his PhD from the University of Palermo, Italy, where he worked to identify and characterize cancer stem cells in thyroid tumors. He has also investigated how skim tumors can regress and what role stem cells and their signaling play in this process. He has published in Nature, Nature Communications, and Science.


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2011 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Using Stem Cells to Model Cancer

Yale University
Faculty Sponsor: Valentina Greco, PhD

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Giovanni Zito, PhD
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Oren Ziv, PhD

Current Appointment:
Lab Manager, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Dr. Ziv received his PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is the recipient of several scholarships including the Expanded Scholarship for Outstanding Doctorate Students from The Hebrew University. His research currently involves the link between hormonal changes and the gut microbiota during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and certain diseases unique to women. He has published in Journal of Cell Science, Cell Metabolism, and Developmental Cell


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2010 NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellow

Studying Mechanisms of Glucose Metabolism in the Pancreas related to Diabetes

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Faculty Sponsor: Yuval Dor, PhD

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Oren Ziv, PhD

 

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