Black Family Stem Cell Institute


The leadership, staff, and advisory board members of the Black Family Stem Cell Institute (BFSCI) are committed to advancing the science of stem cell biology in the pursuit of life-changing treatments for a range of diseases.

The BFSCI leadership includes a Director, Associate Director, Faculty Search and Pilot Grant Committee Chairs, Stem Cell Engineering Core Director, Administrative Coordinator, and Technical Manager.

We are fortunate to have the input of highly accomplished leaders and scientists who serve on our Internal and External Advisory Boards. 

This leadership team works in concert with the BFSCI faculty, staff, and trainees to establish and implement the Institute’s mission and goals.

Sarah E. Millar, PhD
Professor, Departments of Cell, Developmental and Regenerative Biology and Dermatology

Michael Rendl, MD
Associate Director
Professor, Departments of Cell, Developmental and Regenerative Biology and Dermatology

Eirini Papapetrou, MD PhD
Director, Pluripotent Stem Cell Engineering Core
Professor, Department of Oncological Sciences

Elena Ezhkova, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Cell, Developmental and Regenerative Biology and Dermatology  

Jessica Bauza
Administrative Coordinator  

Nyomi Cepeda
Administrative Assistant 

Internal Advisory Board

Margaret H Baron, MD, PhD: Senior Associate Dean for MD/PhD Education and Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, of Oncological Sciences, and of Cell, Developmental & Regenerative Biology

Bruce Gelb, MD, PhD: Gogel Family Chair and Director, Mindich Child Health and Development Institute; Director of the Center for Molecular Cardiology; and Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics and Genomic Science

Alison Goate, DPhil: Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer's Disease

Miriam Merad, MD, PhD: Director, Precision Immunology Institute; Mount Sinai Endowed Professor in Cancer Immunology; Co-Director, Cancer Immunology program at The Mount Sinai Tisch Cancer Institute; and Director of the Mount Sinai Human Immune Monitoring Center

Ramon Parsons, MD, PhD: Director, Tisch Cancer Institute; Ward-Coleman Chair in Cancer Research; Director, Mount Sinai Cancer, Mount Sinai Health System; and Chair of the Department of Oncological Sciences

External Advisory Board

Haifan Lin, PhD: Director, Yale Stem Cell Center; Eugene Higgins Professor of Genetics and of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine

Kenneth Zaret, PhD: Director, University of Pennsylvania Institute for Regenerative Medicine; Joseph Leidy Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Sally Temple, PhD: Scientific Director, Principal Investigator and Co-Founder, Neural Stem Cell Institute

Anthony Oro, MD, PhD: Eugene and Gloria Bauer Professor of Dermatology; Associate Director of the Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine; and co-director of the Child Health Research Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine

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