Five internationally renowned young scientists have been recruited to the research team of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine at UCLA (ISCBM).

From such respected institutions as Harvard, MIT, Rockefeller University and Johns Hopkins University, the new UCLA faculty members are joining a well established, cross­disciplinary stem cell research team at the ISCBM that includes top senior scientists studying stem cells and their role in cancer, HIV/AIDS, metabolic diseases, immune systems, skeletal and cardiac disease, and neurological disorders.

“These scientists are among the very best in their field, coming to us from top notch laboratories,” Witte said. “All of them had multiple offers from other institutions and could have gone just about anywhere. So we’re very pleased to have them at UCLA.”

The new ISCBM research team members are Amander Clark, 34, an assistant professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology formerly of the University of California, San Francisco; William Lowry, 32, an assistant professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology formerly of Rockefeller University; Dr. Hanna Mikkola, 36, an assistant professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology formerly of Harvard; Kathrin Plath, 35, an assistant professor of biological chemistry formerly of the Whitehead Institute at MIT; and April Pyle, 32, an assistant professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics formerly of Johns Hopkins University.