Leadership & Key Members

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The Broad Stem Cell Research Center’s membership represents a diverse group of UCLA faculty committed to advancing stem cell research and its application to clinical medicine. Our faculty are in pursuit of breakthroughs that may lead to treatments for musculoskeletal diseases, cancer, blood disorders, and neurological disorders, among others. Dr. Owen Witte is the BSCRC’s internationally renowned founding Director. He is joined by esteemed colleagues and co-directors Drs. Utpal Banerjee and Gay Crooks in leading a team of world-class researchers in the translation of laboratory breakthroughs to new diagnostics and therapies.


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Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Associate Professor, Cardiology; Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor, Cornea Division; Director, Cornea Biology Laboratory, Jules Stein Eye Institute
Distinguished Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Nippon Sheet Glass Professor and Chair, Materials Science and Engineering