NYSCF Investigators

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

The NYSCF Investigator Program builds on the success of the NYSCF Fellowship Program and provides five years of critical seed funding to outstanding early career scientists, supporting them as they move beyond their postdoctoral training to establish their own, independent research. NYSCF's Investigator Program includes two separate programs:

The NYSCF Stem Cell Investigator Program supports scientists engaged in cutting edge translational stem cell research with the potential to accelerate the path from bench to bedside.

The NYSCF Neuroscience Investigator Program supports truly innovative neuroscience with the potential to transform our fundamental understanding of the brain and how it functions.

By providing resources and support to exceptional early career researchers, NYSCF seeks to encourage a new generation of energetic, innovative scientists to pursue these fields of research and to build a community of exceptional scientists. Initial support for the NYSCF Investigator Program was provided by the The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The program has been significantly expanded through the generosity of a Robertson Foundation grant.


Meet the NYSCF Investigators

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Valentina Fossati, PhD

2010 NYSCF – Helmsley Stem Cell Investigator

The New York Stem Cell Foundation

Dr. Fossati 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. Dr. Fossati received a NYSCF–Druckenmiller Fellowship in 2009.

Valentina Fossati, PhD
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Darja Marolt, PhD

2010 NYSCF – Helmsley Stem Cell Investigator

The New York Stem Cell Foundation

Currently, Dr. Marolt is working in the NYSCF Laboratory to develop tissue engineering approaches to repair and generate bone using stem cells. She has also spent time working at the Blood Transfusion Center of Slovenia and the MIT-Harvard Division of Health Science and Technology. She received a NSYCF-Druckenmiller Fellowship in 2007.

Darja Marolt, PhD
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Shuibing Chen, PhD

2010 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Weill Cornell Medical School

Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University to study the directed differentiation of human embryonic stem cells toward the pancreatic lineage.

Shuibing Chen, PhD
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Derrick Rossi, PhD

2010 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Harvard University

Since November 2007, Dr. Rossi has been a faculty member of the Immune Disease Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Pathology Department at Harvard Medical School. He did his postdoctoral work at Stanford University.

Derrick Rossi, PhD
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Paul Tesar, PhD

2010 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Tesar is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, where he works on directed differentiation of stem cells into oligodendrocytes to study diseases such as multiple sclerosis. As a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health he discovered epiblast stem cells.

Paul Tesar, PhD
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Marius Wernig, MD, PhD

2010 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Stanford University

Dr. Wernig is a member of the faculty of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Pathology at Stanford University.  As a postdoctoral researcher at the Whitehead Institute, MIT, Dr. Wernig spearheaded one of the few research groups worldwide to successfully create pluripotent stem cells from mouse skin cells.

Marius Wernig, MD, PhD
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Ed Boyden, PhD

2011 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Boyden is the Benesse Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. He leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for controlling and observing the dynamic circuits of the brain, and uses these neurotechnologies to enable systematic repair of intractable brain disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, post- traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. Dr. Boyden received his PhD in neurosciences from Stanford University as a Hertz Fellow.

Ed Boyden, PhD
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Christopher Gregg, PhD

2011 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

University of Utah

Dr. Gregg is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, researching the function and regulation of imprinted genes expressed in circuits of the brain that modulate feeding and motivated behaviors. Dr. Gregg’s postdoctoral studies were carried out at Harvard University.

Christopher Gregg, PhD
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Gaby Maimon, PhD

2011 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

The Rockefeller University

Dr. Maimon’s work focuses on the mechanisms of cognition and integrative brain function.  He was the recipient of a Della Martin fellowship from The California Institute of Technology in 2006 and was named one of Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10" of 2011.

Gaby Maimon, PhD
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Takaki Komiyama, PhD

2011 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

University of California, San Diego

In September 2010, Dr. Komiyama joined the faculty of University of California, San Diego, as Assistant Professor in the Neurobiology Section and the Department of Neurosciences. During his postdoctoral training at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, he pioneered the use of in vivo two-photon calcium imaging in mice performing a learned behavioral task.

Takaki Komiyama, PhD
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Paola Arlotta, PhD

2011 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Harvard University

Dr. Arlotta’s laboratory focuses on the investigation of mechanisms that control the development, regeneration and assembly of neurons in the cerebral cortex. Much of her work is aimed at identifying regenerative strategies for neurodegenerative and traumatic diseases of the corticospinal tract, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and spinal cord injury.

Paola Arlotta, PhD
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Gabsang Lee, PhD

2011 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine

Dr. Lee is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he continues his research on Familial Dysautonomia. During his postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center he established a novel methodology for direct derivation and prospective isolation of neural crest cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells.

Gabsang Lee, PhD
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Ravindra Majeti, PhD

2011 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Stanford University

Dr. Majeti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology, and Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University. In his independent laboratory, Dr. Majeti’s research focuses on the molecular/genomic characterization and therapeutic targeting of leukemia stem cells in human hematologic malignancies.

Ravindra Majeti, PhD
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Christopher Harvey, PhD

2012 ­­NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

Harvard Medical School

Dr. Harvey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School where his lab focuses on understanding the neuronal circuit mechanisms underlying short-term memory and decision-making, using a range of imaging, electrophysiological, genetic, and behavioral approaches. He completed his postdoctoral studies at Princeton University.

Christopher Harvey, PhD
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Michael A. Long, PhD

2012 ­­NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Long is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Neuroscience and Otolaryngology at New York University School of Medicine. His work focuses on developing approaches that adapt modern imaging and electrophysiological tools to the study of neural circuits underlying the production of skilled motor behaviors.  He completed his postdoctoral studies at MIT.
 

 

Michael A. Long, PhD
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Vanessa Ruta, PhD

2012 ­­NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

The Rockefeller University

Dr. Ruta is an Assistant Professor of Neurophysiology and Behavior at The Rockefeller University, where her lab is using novel methods to trace and probe neural circuits to gain insight into the neural basis for innate and adaptive behaviors. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Columbia University.
 

Vanessa Ruta, PhD
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Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD

2012 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Bhattacharya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  His lab focuses on stem cell-based approaches for the treatment of immune deficiencies and on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of resistance to viral infections.  He completed his postdoctoral studies at Stanford University.

Deepta Bhattacharya, PhD
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Dieter Egli, PhD

2012 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

The New York Stem Cell Foundation

Dr. Egli is a Senior Research Fellow at The New York Stem Cell Foundation. His research focuses on the generation of therapeutically relevant cells for diabetes. His work has relevance for the use of stem cells to study disease, screen for new drugs, and cell replacement therapy. His research creating patient-specific stem cells using the DNA of patients with type 1 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. He completed his postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. He received a NYSCF - Druckenmiller Fellowship in 2008.

Dieter Egli, PhD
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Alexander Meissner, PhD

2012 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator

Harvard University, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Dr. Meissner is an Assistant Professor at Harvard University and a senior associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He is developing and applying next generation sequencing technologies to the human genome with the goal of better understanding normal and diseased cellular states and how to alter them. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Whitehead Institute.

Alexander Meissner, PhD
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Winrich Freiwald, PhD
2013 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator
 
The Rockefeller University
 
Dr. Freiwald is an Assistant Professor at The Rockefeller University where he heads the Laboratory of Neural Systems. His work focuses on the neural circuit mechanisms of face recognition, attention, and social cognition. He completed his postdoctoral training at MIT and Harvard Medical School.
Winrich Freiwald, PhD
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Daniel Huber, PhD

2013 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

University of Geneva
 
Dr. Huber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Basic Neurosciences at the University of Geneva, where his lab currently combines novel behavioral paradigms with electrophysiology and innovative optical imaging tools to study how different areas of the frontal cortex interact during decision-making and the control of goal-directed action. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and at the Janelia Farm Research Campus.
Daniel Huber, PhD
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Zachary Knight, PhD
2013 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator
 
University of California, San Francisco
 
Dr. Knight is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where his lab is developing new technologies for mapping neural circuits by sequencing RNA and using these tools to identify the cells that control innate behaviors such as feeding. He completed his postdoctoral research at The Rockefeller University.
Zachary Knight, PhD
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Melissa Warden, PhD
2013 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator
 
Cornell University
 
Dr. Warden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University and a Miriam M. Salpeter Fellow. Her work integrates neurophysiological, imaging, and cellular and molecular approaches to the understanding of neural circuits mediating reward, motivation, and learning. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Stanford University.
Melissa Warden, PhD
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Kristen Brennand, PhD
2013 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator
 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
 
Dr. Brennand is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where her research focuses on schizophrenia, a debilitating psychiatric disorder with no cure. She completed her postdoctoral research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Kristen Brennand, PhD
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Jacob Hanna, MD, PhD
2013 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator
 
Weizmann Institute of Science
 
Dr. Hanna is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, where he explores topics in embryonic stem cell biology, early embryonic development and the modeling of human diseases. His research holds the promise of creating powerful research models for degenerative and autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT.
Jacob Hanna, MD, PhD
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Jay Rajagopal, MD
2013 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator
 
Harvard Medical School
 
Dr. Rajagopal is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where his laboratory focuses on the application of stem cells and regenerative biology to human lung disease. He completed his postdoctoral research at Harvard University.
Jay Rajagopal, MD
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Edward Chang, MD
2014 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator
 
University of California, San Francisco
 
Dr. Chang is a neurosurgeon, Chief of Epilepsy and Pain Neurosurgery, and an Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, where he specializes in advanced clinical brain mapping methods, including awake speech mapping, to safely perform neurosurgical procedures in eloquent areas of the brain. He completed his postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley.
Edward Chang, MD
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Lisa Giocomo, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator
 
Stanford University School of Medicine
 
Dr. Giocomo is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University, where her lab integrates a variety of disciplines and tools to study how single-cell biophysics and network dynamics interact to mediate spatial memory and navigation. She completed her postdoctoral studies at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Lisa Giocomo, PhD
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Kay M. Tye, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator
 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Dr. Tye is an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where her lab focuses on understanding how the brain processes the differences between positive and negative stimuli, and leveraging cutting-edge techniques to reprogram neural circuits to induce long lasting changes in behavior. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University.
Kay M. Tye, PhD
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Valentina Greco, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator
 
Yale University
 
Dr. Greco is an Associate Professor at Yale University where she is utilizing genetic, live imaging, and genomic approaches to capture the emergence of cancer by live imaging to transform current therapeutic strategies to cure and prevent cancer. She completed her postdoctoral training at The Rockefeller University.
Valentina Greco, PhD
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Jennifer E. Phillips-Cremins, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator
 
University of Pennsylvania
 
Dr. Phillips-Cremins is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania where her lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms that govern producing healthy neurons from stem cells and how these mechanisms go awry during the onset of neurodegenerative diseases. She completed her postdoctoral training at Emory University and UMass Medical School.
Jennifer E. Phillips-Cremins, PhD
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Feng Zhang, PhD
2014 NYSCF – Robertson Stem Cell Investigator
 
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Dr. Zhang is a Core Member of the Broad Institute and the W. M. Keck Career Development Professor of Biomedical Engineering at MIT where he is developing and applying disruptive technologies including optogenetics and genome engineering (TALEs and CRISPR) to understand nervous system function and disease. He completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard.
Feng Zhang, PhD

 

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