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.



William Lowry, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Education and Technology Transfer, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center; Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
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 and Ethel Scheibel Chair in Neuroscience, Neurobiology; 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
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