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. 



Dinesh Rao, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Antoni Ribas, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Medicine, Surgery, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology; Director, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Center at UCLA; Director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Tumor Immunology Program
Steven D. Schwartz, M.D.
Professor-in-Residence, Ahmanson Professor in Ophthalmology; Chief, Retina; Director, Diabetic Eye Disease and Retinal Vascular Center; Director, Ophthalmic Photography Laboratory, Stein Eye Institute
Melissa Spencer, Ph.D.
Professor-in-Residence and Neuromuscular Program Director, Neurology; Co-Director, Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Michael Teitell, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Latta Endowed Chair in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Hsian-Rong Tseng, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Owen N. Witte, M.D.
Founding Director Emeritus, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center; University Professor, University of California; Presidential Chair in Developmental Immunology; Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Lili Yang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Jerome Zack, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics; Professor, Medicine; Director, UCLA-CDU Center For Aids Research; Co-Director, UCLA AIDS Institute