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. Our faculty 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 BSCRC’s internationally renowned founding Director. He is joined by esteemed colleagues and co-directors Drs. Utpal Banerjee and Gay Crooks in leading a team of world-class researchers in the translation of laboratory breakthroughs to new diagnostics and therapies.



Professor and Chair, Biological Chemistry
Chancellor Professor and Chair, Bioengineering; Professor, Medicine
Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Translational Research, Pediatrics; Co-Director, UCLA Center for Pediatric Diarrheal Diseases
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Biological Chemistry; Director, G.O. Discovery Lab
Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Professor and Ethel Scheibel Chair in Neuroscience, Neurobiology; Co-Director, Cells Systems and Circuit Analysis Core, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Cardiology