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Organizational Structure

A key strength of CSCI is the wide spectrum of stem cell research performed by its members. To ensure that information flows freely between quite different areas of basic and translational research and clinical practice, we have put in place three main structures (see below for details):

a) a Stem Cell Committeecomposed of the director and 10 young leaders in the field, each representing one of the main research themes. This committee meets once every 2 months.

b) an Executive committeecomposed of the director and 3 selected members of the stem cell committee, together with representatives for Training and Meetings/Seminars. This committee meets every 2 weeks.

c) an Internal Advisory Committeecomprising up to 15 members who provide critical oversight and strategic advice to CSCI leadershipThis committee also plays an important role in relaying information about CSCI in the wider community.  This committee meets at least twice each year.

CSCI is administratively based in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, reflecting the department’s conviction that stem cell-based research will ultimately lead to new approaches to enhance function and improve the quality of life of individuals with disabling injuries or diseases. Dr. Joel Stein, the chairman of the Department, co-chairs the Internal Advisory committee and is actively involved in CSCI. For more information about the department, please visit:

Current membership of CSCI committees

Christopher Henderson

Administrative Director
Dola Sengupta

Stem Cell Committee (by theme)
Angela Christiano (Skin)
Fiona Doetsch* (Brain)
Daniel Kalderon (Stem cell biology)
Jeremy Mao (Bone/Tooth)
Benjamin Ohlstein (Internal organs) 
Boris Reizis (Blood)
Lori Sussel (Diabetes)
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic* (Bioengineering)
Hynek Wichterle (Neurodegeneration

*Executive committee

Stem Cell seminars:

Fiona Doetsch and Hynek Wichterle

Stem Cell Day
Hynek Wichterle

Internal Advisory Committee
Rudy Leibel (Co-Chair)
Joel Stein (Co-Chair)
Asa Abeliovich 
Sankar Ghosh 
James Goldman 
René Hen 
Thomas Jessell 
Gerard Karsenty 
Robert Kass 
Timothy Pedley 
Michael Rosen 
Michael Shelanski 
Brent Stockwell 
Timothy Wang 

External Advisory Committee

Thomas Rando, MD. PhD
Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University,
Director, The Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging, Stanford University School of Medicine Director, Rehabilitation Research & Development Center of Excellence, Palo Alto VA Medical Center Deputy Director, Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University

David Scadden, MD, PhD
Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine; Co-director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute;
Co-chair and Professor, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University;
Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Michael Boninger, MD
Professor and Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine .
Director, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.
Medical Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories,
VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence

Walter Frontera, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair,
Department of physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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Stem Cell Seminar

November 18, 2015

Maike Sander, MD

Professor, Dept. of Pediatric and
Cellualr & Molecular Medicine

University of California, San Diego

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CSCI Internal Seminar



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Columbia Stem Cell Day

Monday , May 11, 2015

9:30 AM -5:00 PM
Organized by 

Columbia Stem Cell Initiative (CSCI)
Myrna Daniels Auditorium and the Riverview Terrace
Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032




Director's note

Welcome to the new website for the Columbia Stem Cell Initiative (CSCI), which coincides with a new effort to structure stem cell research at Columbia and to enhance its visibility.

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