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. Thomas A. Rando, M.D., Ph.D. is the center's renowned director. He is joined by associate directors Brigitte Gomperts, M.D., Siavash Kurdistani, M.D. and William Lowry, Ph.D. in leading a team of world-class researchers in the translation of laboratory breakthroughs to new diagnostics and therapies. 



Martín Martín, M.D.
Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Translational Research, Pediatrics; Co-Director, UCLA Center for Pediatric Diarrheal Diseases
Sanaz Memarzadeh, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director, G.O. Discovery Lab
Hanna Mikkola, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Atsushi Nakano, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Bennett Novitch, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurobiology; Director, Integrated Center for Neural Repair, UCLA Brain Research Institute; Co-Director, Cells Systems and Circuit Analysis Core, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Ali Nsair, M.D.
Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Cardiology
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
Thomas A. Rando, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center; Professor, Neurology; Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology