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.



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 of Precision Health
Andrew Goldstein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; Urology
Brigitte Gomperts, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics; Pulmonary Medicine
Thomas Graeber, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology; Director, UCLA Metabolomics Center
Oluwatayo (Tayo) F. Ikotun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Steven Jacobsen, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; Professor, Biological Chemistry
Steven J. Jonas, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics
Leanne Jones, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Donald B. Kohn, M.D.
Distinguished Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics; Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology); Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Harley Kornblum, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Pediatrics; Director, Neural Stem Cell Research Center, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior