Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)
Harvard Medical School
Global Health and Social Medicine
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, Room 874
1350 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02138
Outstanding Teaching Award
Graduate Student Address at Commencement
Hadassah Service Award
Fellow, The Aspen Institute Health Forum
Governor's Distinguished Service Award
Mentor to USA Delegates
2009 - 2012
Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
2010 - 2011
Knop Visiting Scholar
My research is primarily focused on probing the pathophysiological bases of rare genetic bone marrow failure syndromes such as Fanconi anemia, Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, and others. I am also interested in germ cell-related tumors and various forms of myeloid leukemia, especially those stemming from cases of genetic predisposition. These projects work in parallel with efforts to better understand the basic biology of human blood formation or hematopoiesis. All of this work makes use of human pluripotent stem cells including embryonic (hESC) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) as well as a variety of tissue-derived stem, progenitor, and mature cell types.
Beyond the bench, I value participating in discussions of policy, ethics, and education. Since 2004, I have been a member of the Public Education Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). I have also been involved in a wide variety of discussions relating to biomedical research including in government, religious, and general public forums at the local, state, national, and international levels.
I maintain an active role as an educator at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as for the general public. A great deal of this is via the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) where I serve as a member of the Principal Faculty, as Faculty Director of Education, and the Director of the HSCI summer internship program for undergraduates (HIP). I additionally serve as Head Instuctor and Course Organizer for SCRB 167: Stem Cells and Regeneration in the Pathobiology and Treatment of Disease, an offering for Harvard undergraduates.
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