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.



Hilary Coller, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; Biological Chemistry
Gay M. Crooks, M.B.B.S.
Co-Director, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center; Professor and Rebecca Smith Endowed Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Professor, Pediatrics
Luis de la Torre-Ubieta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Arjun Deb, M.D.
Professor, Cardiology; Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; Director, UCLA Cardiovascular Medicine Research Theme
Sophie Deng, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Cornea Division; Director, Cornea Biology Laboratory, Jules Stein Eye Institute
Kenneth Dorshkind, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Bruce Dunn, Ph.D.
Nippon Sheet Glass Professor and Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
Jason Ernst, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biological Chemistry; Computer Science
Judith C. Gasson, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, Emeritus
Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.
Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry and Human Genetics; Senior Associate Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor, Precision Health; Director, Institute for Precision Health