HSCRB courtyard with spring blossoms


HSCRB laboratories are supported in a number of ways to ensure they can run efficiently and in compliance with laws, policies, and best practice.

Administration leadership

Natalie Durham, Executive Director, is responsible for the department’s communications and administration teams, including all aspects of operations and compliance.
Kelly Rush is the department’s Senior Administrative Coordinator. He offers administrative support to Natalie Nguyen Durham; Amy Wagers, Faculty Co-chair and her Lab; as well as planning a wide portfolio of departmental events.

Compliance, protocols and policies support

Our compliance team supports our research program, assisting HSCRB labs with new protocols, protocol amendments, data and material transfer agreements and guidance on the applicability of relevant laws, regulations, guidelines and policies. They will work with the labs to liaise with relevant departments and committees such as the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ESCRO) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Contacts for research with humans, human material or human data

Kristen Elwell, Associate Director of Research Policy and Compliance

Eva Tomczyk, Senior Research Compliance Manager

Contact for research with animals, recombinant DNA or biohazards

Joe Vaughan, Assistant Director of Laboratories

Education and Training

Our education team supports faculty in all aspects of course design and implementation. In addition, we offer academic and career advising to students, as well as foster a community of interest in the realm of developmental and regenerative biology.


Questions about starting a new course, student researchers in the laboratory, and general questions concerning education:

  • Bill Anderson, Associate Director of Education and Senior Lecturer on Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

For undergraduates who have questions SCRB 91r and SCRB 99, course scheduling, rooms, teaching a freshman seminar, and TA/TF appointments:

  • Education Coordinator, currently vacant

For undergraduates who have questions about the HDRB program:

  • Amie Holmes, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies

Faculty and Academic Affairs

Our Office of Faculty & Academic Affairs team work together to support faculty-driven initiatives as well providing HR and logistical support to faculty, research, and academic appointees in a dual-school department.

We provide administrative support for the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Seminar Series, annual departmental retreat, faculty meetings, searches, and committees that support promotion and other vital departmental initiatives.

We also field questions concerning the academic appointment and reappointment process, visa sponsorship, payroll, taxes, maternal and paternal leave, and health and University benefits.


Daniel Oliver, Assistant Director of Faculty and Academic Affairs

Sarah Hetman, Administrative Coordinator, Academic Affairs

Finance and Sponsored Research

HSCRB members are supported by a sponsored research team that manages the pre-award process, provides information on external funding sources, and answers questions about policies for externally funded grants. Together with the Finance team, they also fulfill sponsors’ financial reporting requirements. These teams collaborate closely with Harvard’s Office for Sponsored Programs.


Bill Thompson, Associate Director of Sponsored Research, supports the HSCRB community by providing information to our scientists about fellowship applications, grant proposals, and purchasing lab supplies.

Michelle Wong, Senior Financial Officer, is responsible for the full spectrum of financial operations in cash management, including day-to-day financial systems implementation and the department’s interpretation of the University’s financial/spending policies. Michelle’s team supports HSCRB in purchasing goods and services, reimbursement (lab or office supplies and equipment), and recharge and billing agreements. She assists HSCRB faculty with contract reviews and funding plans (equipment and service level), effort commitment, and incentives. Michelle is an essential resource for department-wide budgetary and financial integrity, and is responsible for the structuring all gift, endowment, and unrestricted fund accounts.

Personnel and General Administration

Our team is dedicated to supporting faculty members and department managers to hire and manage temporary, term, and permanent staff employees who support and carry out the HSCRB mission of teaching and research. We develop and post staff positions; assist hiring managers to interview and select candidates; process staff and student employee appointments and personnel actions; orient new hires; manage payrolls, salary increase and performance evaluation processes; and provide guidance on applicable FAS and University human resources policies.

We also manage department operations; schedule conference rooms; and work with faculty and staff to manage phones, mail services, shared copiers, furniture, facilities access and other departmental resources in support of the Bauer Laboratory and Sherman Fairchild Building work environment.

Contact for all hiring and employment matters for HSCRB staff

Daniel Oliver, Interim Associate Director of Administration

Contact for questions about phones, computers and printers, office furniture, room scheduling, and AV

Mike Finklea, Administrative Coordinator

Laura Veronica Chavez, Administration & Operations Assistant

Research Laboratories and Core Facilities

Joseph Vaughan, Assistant Director of Laboratories, handles a wide range of matters pertaining to our overall research mission.  The Director of Laboratories oversees our 100,000 square feet of laboratory space within the Bauer Sherman Fairchild Science Complex along with our extensive animal facilities and its wide range of animal models, and their care and use.  The ADL also oversees Laboratory safety, compliance and safety training requirements, and use of chemicals and radioactive isotopes.

My team supports our research and the departments mission by providing centralized service and support.  We operate Service Center facilities within the department including the Histology and Immunohistochemistry Core, the Flow Cytometry Core, the Genome Modification Core and the Lab Services Core that includes glasswash, media prep and autoclaving for all 24 labs.  In addition to our Core facilities, we oversee all departmental equipment including essential capital resources that include analytical instrumentation, imaging systems and department shared equipment.


Joe Vaughan, Assistant Director of Laboratories, for all research related matters, including laboratory function, safety, training and space, core facilities operations, all HSCRB instruments and shared equipment.  And finally all matters related to animal research models and compliance and use of biological and microbiological materials.

Audiovisual & IT Support


Media Services provides audiovisual (AV) support to the department.

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) implements computer, software, and workstation setup, and troubleshooting computer problems to support our department. They are also who you contact for new email addresses, issues with Harvard Key Log-in access and computer purchases.

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Harvard Catalyst

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