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. Faculty members 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 center's internationally renowned founding director. He is joined by co-directors Drs. Utpal Banerjee, Gay Crooks and S. Thomas Carmichael in leading a team of world-class researchers in the translation of laboratory breakthroughs to new diagnostics and therapies.


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Steven Peckman, Deputy Director
Deputy Director, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center
Matteo Pellegrini, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Kathrin Plath, Ph.D.
Professor, Biological Chemistry
April Pyle, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics; George and Nouhad Ayoub Centennial Chair in Life Sciences Innovation