CIRM Scholars

2021-22 Cohort

CIRM Scholar Role Laboratory Research Topic
Corynn Kasap, MD, PhD
Clinical Fellow, Hematology/Oncology Arun Wiita, MD, PhD Multi-functional gene-engineered cellular therapy to limit toxicity and overcome tumor heterogeneity in AML
Farhan Murshed, MD Clinical Fellow, Allergy/Immunology Jennifer Puck, MD Functional Validation of Variants in Artemis-deficient Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
Shabrina Amirruddin, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Cell & Tissue Biology Julie Sneddon, PhD Engineering Human Pancreatic Stem Cell-derived Islets for Cell Replacement For Diabetes
Jaejun Kim, DVM, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow. Dept. of Surgery Holger Willenbring, MD, PhD Improving efficacy and safety of AAV liver gene therapy by capsid selection in human livers
Yue (Harry) Liu, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biochemistry & Biophysics Jeremy Reiter, MD, PhD Gene editing therapies for Bardet-Biedl syndrome-associated retinal degeneration
Hai Nguyen, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences Nadav Ahituv, PhD CRISPRa therapy for obesity utilizing adipose stem cell derived organoids 
Sara Nolbrant, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Neurology Alex Pollen, PhD An Evolutionary Model for Human-Specific Vulnerabilities in Dopaminergic Neurons
Brisa Palikuqi, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Orofacial Sciences Ophir Klein, MD, PhD Assessing the role of lymphatic endothelial cells in intestinal stem cell maintenance and regeneration
Huaigeng Xu, MD, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Urology Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD

Developing an anti-tumor vaccine using PSC-derived dendritic cells with tumor-derived exosomes

Orry Elor, MS
Graduate Student, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Pharmacogenomics Graduate Program Michael McManus, PhD Illuminating Stem Cell Differentiation with Polyspecific CRISPR
Karissa Hansen Graduate Student, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Graduate Program Elphege Nora, PhD Elucidating the role of DNA loop extrusion in transcriptional regulation
Kim Meneses Graduate Student, Tetrad Graduate Program Zev Gartner, PhD Importance of Beta Cell Structural Niche for Human Islet of Langerhans Function
Indigo Rose, MS Graduate Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program Martin Kampmann, PhD Uncovering neuronal and glial mechanisms of neurodegeneration using CRISPR-based functional genomics