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.



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
Dinesh Rao, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate 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
Hsian-Rong Tseng, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Owen N. Witte, M.D.
Director, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center; University Professor, University of California; Presidential Chair in Developmental Immunology; Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics