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

Kristen Elwell and Bill Thompson, Interim Executive Co-Directors, are responsible for the department’s communications and administration teams, including all aspects of operations and compliance.

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

Mary Anna Yram, 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:

For undergraduates who have questions about the HDRB program:

  • Aime 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.


Danielle Oliver, Program Manager, Academic and Faculty 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, Assistant 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.

Human Resources


Gosia Sklodowska, Associate Director of Administration, supports all hiring and employment matters for HSCRB staff, and provides guidance on university policies and resources related to payroll, leave, reasonable accommodation, employees’ rights and benefits.

Mike Finklea, Administrative Coordinator, assists new staff and acts as the Departmental Union liaison.

Laboratories and Facilities


Joe Vaughan, Assistant Director of Laboratories, handles matters pertaining to laboratory space, core facilities operations, HSCRB shared equipment, cold-room space, and safety training requirements. He also handles questions about quarantine and access to procedure rooms.

Mike Finklea, HSCRB Administrative Coordinator, handles matters pertaining to Bauer and Sherman Fairchild facilities, including access.

Audiovisual & IT Support


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

Chrispen Chokureva, Technical Support Engineer, implements computer, software, and workstation setup, requesting email addresses, and troubleshooting computer problems.

Mike Finklea, Administrative Coordinator, handles conference room scheduling, copy machines, and landline telephones in the Bauer and Sherman-Fairchild buildings.

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