Our Faculty

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HSCRB is distinguished by its multidisciplinary research and innovative teaching philosophy.

With faculty bringing expertise across developmental biology and organogenesis, tissue repair, and stem cell models of disease, the department facilitates the flow of new ideas and opens new opportunities for generations of explorers.

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Dr. Arlotta is interested in understanding the molecular laws that govern the birth, differentiation and assembly of the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that controls how we sense, move and think. She integrates developmental and evolutionary knowledge to investigate therapies for brain repair and for modeling neuropsychiatric disease.

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The Buenrostro lab is broadly dedicated to advancing our knowledge of gene regulation and the downstream consequences on cell fate decisions.

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The Camargo laboratory focuses on the study of adult stem cell biology, organ size regulation, and cancer.

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Kevin Eggan investigates the mechanisms that cause motor neuron degeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and seeks to translate new discoveries into new therapeutic options for patients.

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Mark C. Fishman studies the social behavior of zebrafish, focusing on the genetic, neuronal, and developmental aspects of group behavior.

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Ya-Chieh Hsu studies the principles and molecular nature of cell-cell interactions governing development, regeneration, and injury repair in the skin.

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Steven Hyman is Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, where his goal is to drive the genetics of schizophrenia to the point of diminishing returns with respect to biological information, with bipolar disorder following closely behind.

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Rich Lee seeks to understand heart failure and metabolic diseases that accompany human aging, and translate that understanding into therapies. Lee is an active clinician, regularly treating patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Jeffrey Macklis investigates molecular controls and mechanisms over neuron subtype specification, development, diversity, axon guidance-circuit formation, and pathology in the cerebral cortex. His lab seeks to apply developmental controls toward brain and spinal cord regeneration and directed differentiation for therapeutic and mechanistic screening.

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Doug Melton is pursuing a cure for type 1 diabetes. His lab studies the developmental biology of the pancreas, using that information to grow and develop pancreatic cells (islets of Langerhans). In parallel, they investigate ways to protect beta cells from autoimmune attack.

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Franziska Michor uses the tools of theoretical evolutionary biology, applied mathematics, statistics, and computational biology to address important questions in cancer research.

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Sharad Ramanathan studies how cells and organisms make decisions. He investigates how cells and organisms interpret their environment, how this interpretation depends on prior experiences, and the statistics of environmental cues.

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Lee Rubin investigates the key molecular mediators of different neurodegenerative diseases, with the ultimate goal of finding effective preclinical therapeutic candidates.

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David Scadden’s laboratory is dedicated to discovering the principles governing blood cell production, with the ultimate goal of guiding the development of therapies for blood disorders and cancer.

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Amy Wagers seeks to change the way we repair our tissues after an injury. Her research focuses on defining the factors and mechanisms that regulate the migration, expansion, and regenerative potential of adult blood-forming and muscle-forming stem cells.

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Jessica Whited studies limb regeneration in axolotl salamanders. Her lab develops tools to manipulate gene expression during limb regeneration, and explores signaling events following wound healing that initiate the regenerative process.

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The Zon laboratory aims to dissect how assaults to the hematopoietic system cause severe diseases such as leukemias, lymphomas, and anemias. They investigate hematopoietic development and disease using chemical screens, genetic screens, and analysis of novel transgenic lines in zebrafish.

Emeritus Faculty

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Research Professor and Immunology pioneer Jack Strominger investigates self-tolerance and the immunology of pregnancy. His lab specializes in the structure and function of human histocompatibility proteins and their roles in disease.

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Gregory Verdine focuses on chemical biology, studying biological processes that underlie growth and proliferation of human cancer cells, control of gene expression, and preservation of genomic integrity.

Education Faculty

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Bill Anderson is the Associate Director of Education and provides administrative leadership and support for the undergraduate, graduate, and medical teaching mission in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University.

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Amie Holmes is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and manages the Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology concentration at Harvard College.

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Julie Park is a preceptor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University and organizes SCRB 10 – Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology.

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Maitreyi Upadhyay is a Preceptor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University and is responsible for managing undergraduate courses.

Visiting Scholar

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The Meissner laboratory uses genomic tools to study stem cell biology with a particular focus on epigenetic reprogramming.

Affiliated Faculty

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David Breault’s research focuses on identifying mechanisms underlying tissue homeostasis in self-renewing tissues, such as intestine, adrenal gland, and bone.

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April Craft studies the development of cartilage and other synovial joint tissues, with hopes of applying this knowledge toward the development of therapeutics for disease attenuation and tissue regeneration and repair.

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Wolfram Goessling uses the zebrafish model to study regulators of liver development and to explore endodermal progenitor cell specification, organ differentiation, and growth.

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Jon Hoggatt researches tissue regeneration and stem cell biology, with a particular focus on translational research to enhance bone marrow transplantation.

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Will Mair investigates the molecular pathways underpinning the aging process, with the goal of using this knowledge to develop novel therapeutic strategies to treat age-onset disorders.

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Hidde Ploegh studies molecular aspects of immune recognition, focusing on the use of nanobodies for non-invasive PET imaging to track immune responses.

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Richard Sherwood develops computationally driven methods to predict genome function and stem cell fate determination.

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Mansi Srivastava studies the mechanisms of regeneration and development, and their evolution, using the acoel worm Hofstenia miamia.​

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