Research and Faculty

Director of the Center:

Ruth Lehmann, PhD
Director, Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology

Director, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology
HHMI Investigator

Members of the Center:


[See faculty by research area or department]


Iannis Aifantis, PhD Genetic and genomic studies addressing the balance between physiological stem cell differentiation and transformation leading to cancer. Professor and Chair of Pathology; Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Karim-Jean Armache, PhD Molecular studies of chromatin structure and epigenetics Assistant Professor, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology


Erika Bach, PhD Genetic circuits that regulate self-renewal and niche competition in the Drosophila testis Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD Role of Ras protein in cell proliferation and oncogenic transformation in pancreatic cancer. Professor of Biochemistry; Vice Dean for Science and Chief Scientific Officer
Claudio Basilico, MD Signals Controlling Cell Proliferation and Differentiation. Professor and Chair of Microbiology
Kenneth Birnbaum, PhD The Systems Biology of Regeneration in Plants Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology
Jef D. Boeke, PhD Biology of transposable DNA elements and their host: the eukaryotic chromosome Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Lei Bu, PhD Heart regeneration and disease modeling Assistant Professor, Dept of Cell Biology and Medicine (Cardio div)
Steve Burden, PhD Signaling mechanisms of neuromuscular synapse formation in mice Professor and Coordinator of the Molecular Neurobiology Program


Arthur L. Caplan, PhD Dr. Caplan is the director of the new Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. Drs. WIlliam F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics; Director Division of Medical Ethics; Department of Population Health
William L Carroll, MD Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms leading to relapse of pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with emphasis on developing new rational therapies. Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology; Director, NYU Cancer Institute NYU-Langone Medical
Daniel J Ceradini, MD Physiologic properties of stem/progenitor cells and how they can be manipulated for tissue regeneration, tissue engineering, and composite tissue allotransplantation. Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery; Director of Composite Tissue Allotransplantation; Director of IRPS Laboratories; Associate Director of Microsurgery
Pamela Cowin, PhD Embryonic Patterning Pathways in Mammary Development and Breast Cancer Professor of Dermatology and Cell Biology


Jeremy Dasen, PhD Specification of neuronal identity and connectivity. Assistant Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience
Gregory David, PhD Contribution of chromatin modifiers in stress- and oncogene-induced cell cycle exit. Associate Professor, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Claude Desplan, PhD Development and function of the Drosophila visual system Silver Professor of Biology
Brian Dynlacht, PhD We are attempting to understand the epigenetic and transcriptional landscapes underlying skeletal muscle satellite (stem) cell identity. Professor of Pathology


David Fenyo, PhD Understanding of the dynamics of cellular processes Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Glenn I. Fishman, MD Developmental biology and electrophysiology of cardiac stem cells. William Goldring Professor of Medicine; Director, Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology
Robert C. Froemke, PhD New synapses for older brains: functional integration of precursor cells into the central nervous system Associate Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience


Eva Hernando, PhD The role of miRNAs in differentiation and tumor initiation or metastasis. Associate Professor of Pathology
Liam Holt, PhD Synthetic biology to understand how signaling networks drive stem-cell differentiation and cancer Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
E. Jane Albert Hubbard, PhD Developmental and physiological control of stem/progenitor cells. Professor of Cell Biology and Pathology


Mayumi Ito, PhD The regulation of stem cells in cutaneous tissue regeneration. Associate Professor of Dermatology


David Keefe, MD Egg infertility, reproductive aging and stem cells Professor; Stanley H. Kaplan Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Stanley H Kaplan Chr Dept Obstertrics & Gynecology
Alec Kimmelman, MD, PhD Identifying Metabolic Dependencies in Pancreatic Cancer Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology
Holger Knaut, PhD In vivo analysis of dynamic processes that shape complex structures in zebrafish Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
Sergei Koralov, Ph.D. Short non-coding RNAs in lymphocyte development and function. Assistant Professor of Pathology


Ruth Lehmann, PhD Germ line stem cell development in Drosophila. Director, Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology; Director, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine; Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology HHMI Investigator
Philipp Leucht, MD Investigation of the underlying mechanisms of bone regeneration using in vivo mouse models Assistant Professor
David Levy, PhD Interaction of signal transduction, transcriptional regulation, and metabolism in the growth and differentiation of stem cells. Professor of Pathology and Microbiology
Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD Signaling pathways and transcriptional networks involved in the development of T lymphocytes and in their responses to inflammatory microbial signals. Helen and Martin Kimmel Professor of Molecular Immunology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Susan Logan, PhD Regulation of androgen receptor in male development. Associate Professor of Urology and Pharmacology
Chengzu Long, PhD Genome editing to model and treat cardiac and neuromuscular diseases Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Cynthia Loomis, MD, PhD Limb patterning in mouse Assistant Professor, Depts. of Pathology, Dermatology, and Cell Biology


Esteban Mazzoni, PhD Precise and controlled differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into neuronal classes Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology


Jeremy Nance, PhD Analysis of morphogenetic events that establish germ layers and organ primordia. Associate Professor of Cell Biology
Benjamin Neel, MD, PhD Signaling, especially by tyrosine phosphatases, and functional genomics of breast and ovarian cancer Professor of Medicine


Christopher Park MD, PhD Elucidating the molecular mechanisms that regulate normal and malignant stem cells in the hematopoietic system Associate Professor, Pathology Director of Pathology Education and Translational Research
Mark Reid Philips, M.D. How the trafficking of small GTPases relates to their function Professor; Director for Basic Research CI; Assoc Director for Basic Research CI Departments of Medicine (Rheum Div), Cell Biology (Cell Biology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Dimitris G. Placantonakis, MD, PhD Stem cell function in glioblastoma and gliomagenesis Associate Professor of Neurosurgery Director, Neurosurgical Laboratory for Stem Cell Research MD/PhD


Danny Reinberg, Ph.D. Molecular mechanisms of epigenetic transcriptional regulation. Professor of Biochemistry; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Boris Reizis, PhD Function of hematopoietic stem cells in the steady state and during leukemogenesis Professor of Pathology & Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine
Daniel B. Rifkin, Ph.D. Understanding the transfer of information in the extracellular environment and the impact of this process on diseases such as cancer Professor; Charles Aden Poindexter Professor of Medicine; Interim Chair & Professor; Interim Chair of the Department of Cell Biology; Dir Cell& MoleBio Pgm Instrc& Lecturer-Cell Bio


James Salzer, MD, PhD Cell interactions in myelinated nerves: assembly, domains, and pathology Professor of Cell Biology, Neurology and Neuroscience
Robert J Schneider, PhD Development, progression and metastasis of breast cancer as controlled by translational regulation. Albert Sabin Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Pathogenesis; Associate Dean for Therapeutics Alliances. Depts of Microbiology and Radiation Oncology
Markus Schober, PhD Defining Cancer Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Phenotypic Heterogeneity Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Agnel Sfeir, PhD Telomere maintenance and function in mammalian cells. Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
Diane Simeone, MD Research Summary Director of the Pancreatic Cancer Center
Jane Skok, PhD Understanding epigenetic regulation of lymphocyte development through chromosome dynamics and nuclear architecture. Associate Professor of Pathology
Susan Smith, PhD Human telomere structure and function in stem cell cells, aging and cancer. Professor of Pathology
Matthias Stadtfeld, PhD Molecular and epigenetic mechanisms that control the fate of embryonic and adult stem cells Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
Tung-Tien Sun, PhD Identification and characterization of adult epithelial stem cells. Professor of Cell Biology, Urology and Pharmacology, and Rudolf L Baer Professor of Dermatology


Mamta Tahiliani, PhD Interconnection between DNA modifications and genomic regulation. Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Naoko Tanese, PhD Role of Huntington’s disease protein in ES cells. Professor of Microbiology
Richard W. Tsien, PhD How do neural networks meet the demands of information processing in the brain? Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience; Director Neuroscience Institute; Chair Dept of Physiology and Neuroscience
Daniel Turnbull, PhD Development and application of In vivo magnetic resonance and ultrasound methods for imaging mouse brain and cardiovascular development. Professor of Radiology and Pathology


E Lynette Wilson, PhD Isolation and characterization of the stem and progenitor cell populations of the adult and the fetal prostate and their relationship to the etiology of prostate cancer. Professor of Cell Biology and Urology
Kwok-Kin Wong, MD, PhD Understanding the pathogenesis and genetic alterations involved in lung tumorigenesis, as well as testing novel targeted cancer therapeutics in vivo in lung cancers Director, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology


Itai Yanai, PhD Single-cell gene expression analyses of embryonic development, cancer evolution, and bacterial infection Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology