Grants Review Working Group Members

 

GWG Board Members

Affiliation

Jonathan Thomas (ex-officio) ICOC Chairman
Dan Bernal ICOC Patient Advocate - HIV/AIDS
Mark Fischer-Colbrie ICOC Patient Advocate - Type 1 Diabetes
Fred Fisher ICOC Patient Advocate - ALS and MS
David Higgins ICOC Patient Advocate - Parkinson's Disease
Christine Miaskowski ICOC Nurse - Clinical Trial Management
Al Rowlett ICOC Patient Advocate - Mental Health
Marvin Southard ICOC Patient Advocate - Mental Health Conditions

Scientists

Affiliation

Expertise

Gyula Acsadi Connecticut Children’s Pediatric Neurology; Gene Therapy for Motor Neuron Disease
Renato Aguilera Border Biomedical Research Center Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery and Repurposing
Julie Allickson Mayo Clinic Quality Assurance/Control, Regulatory Affairs, Process Development and GMP Manufacturing
Zhiqiang An University of Texas Health Science Center Discovery and Development of Therapeutic Antibodies for Infectious Disease and Cancer
Nicholas Andersen Duke University Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiology
Brenda Andrews University of Toronto Genomics; Phenomics: Cell Cycle Regulated Transcription
Ali Arbab Augusta University Imaging; Cell Tracking; Radiology; Oncology
Deborah K. Armstrong Johns Hopkins University Ovarian, Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Clinical Trials; Genetics of Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Zoe Arvanitakis Rush University Geriatric Neurology, Neuroscience, Epidemiology of Cognitive Aging
Nazem Atassi Massachusetts General Hospital Translational Research and Clinical trials in Neurodegenerative Disorders
Alex Bailey REGENXBIO Inc. Nonclinical Regulatory; Pharmacology/Toxicology; Cell and Gene Therapy
Andrew Baker University of Edinburgh Cardiovascular Disease; Gene and Cell Therapy
John Balchunas National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals Academic/Industry Partnerships & Workforce Development
Roger Barker University of Cambridge Neuroscience; PD; HD; Cell Therapy; Biomarkers, Neurogenesis
Julia Barrett Greenleaf Health Inc. Clinical Consultant; Regulatory
Amelia Bartholomew University of Illinois Hematopoietic & Mesenchymal Stem Cells; Transplantation Tolerance; Solid Organ Transplantation
Daniel Bauer Harvard Medical School Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Therapeutic Genome Editing
Alexey Bersenev Yale University CAR-T Cell Manufacturing; Hematopoietic Stem Cells; Immunotherapy
Mick Bhatia McMaster University Somatic & Pluripotent Stem Cell Development; Hematopoiesis
Vijay Bhoj University of Pennsylvania Cellular Immunotherapy & Transfusion Medicine
Lauren Black Charles River Laboratory Regulatory (Pharmacology / Toxicology)
Susan Bonner-Weir Joslin Diabetes Center Islet Biology and Beta Cell Replacement
Christopher Bono Harvard Medical School Spine Surgery; Cervical & Lumbar Degenerative Disorders; Evidence-Based Medicine
Cesar Borlongan University of South Florida Cell Therapy for Brain Disorders Including Stroke and Neonatal Ischemic Injury
Michael Boulton University of Alabama School of Medicine Retinal Disease; Stem Cell Biology
Kenneth Brayman University of Virginia Health System Diabetes; Kidney & Islet Transplantation; Peripheral Vascular Disease
Christopher Breuer Nationwide Children's Hospital Pediatric Surgery; Tissue Engineering; Vascular Biology
Ali Brivanlou The Rockefeller University Developmental Biology
Ruby Broadway Dillard University Molecular Biology and Developmental Biochemistry
Vania Broccoli San Raffaele Scientific Institute Genetics & Neural Stem Cell Fate; Hereditory Neural Syndromes; Neurodevelopment
Ulrich Broeckel Medical College of Wisconsin Genetics & Cardiovascular Disease; Pharmacogenetics; iPSC Modeling
Samuel Brown University of Utah Critical Care, ARDS, Sepsis, Acute Lung Injury
Patrik Brundin Van Andel Institute Neural Transplantation (PD)
Rebecca Buckley Duke University Pediatric Immunology; Stem Cell Transplantation for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency; Immune Cell Development
Jeff Bulte John Hopkins University Cellular Imaging
Joy Cavagnaro Access BIO Regulatory; Preclinical Development; Cell & Gene Therapy
John Centanni Coya Therapeutics, Inc. Regulatory Affairs; Tissue Engineering; Stem Cell Therapy
Ellie Chabi Hanall Biopharma Ophthalmology and Neuroscience; Clinical Development
Rudragouda Channappanavar University of Tennessee Protective and Pathogenic Immune Response in Viral Lung Infections
Linzhao Cheng Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Stem Cell Models for Hematopoiesis and Blood Diseases; Gene Editing
Jose Cibelli Michigan State University Cellular Reprogramming; Stem Cell Biology; Pluripotency
Diana Colleluori Biologics Consulting Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing
Francesca Cicchetti Université Laval Neurodegenerative Disorders; Therapeutic Development; Stem Cell Therapies
Elizabeth Connick University of Arizona HIV Immunopathogenesis, HIV-related Cardiovascular Disease, HIV in Women
Chad Cowan Harvard University Stem Cell Biology, In vitro Models of Disease
Charles Cox, Jr University of Texas Medical School at Houston Pediatric Trauma; Neurologic Injury; Bio-hybrid Organs; Cardiopulmonary
Dennis Crawford Oregon Health & Science University Orthopedic Surgery; ACL Reconstruction
Linda Custer Tarveda Therapeutics Clinical Operations; Biostatistics; Clinical Trial Design
Corey Cutler Harvard Medical School Hematology/Oncology; Cancer Immunology; Stem Cell Transplantation
Margot Damaser Cleveland Clinic Female Pelvic Dysfunction; Urinary & Fecal Incontinence; Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Carol Danielson Regulatory Advantage, LLC Clinical Regulatory; CMC Regulatory; Cell Therapy, Biologics, & Small Molecule Therapeutics
Cosimo De Bari University of Aberdeen Skeletal Repair; Potency Assays; Arthritis
Willard Dere University of Utah Clinical Development; Endocrine, Bone, & General Medicine Research & Development
Allan Dietz Mayo Clinic Academic GMP Facilities & Workforce Development; Process & Product Development for Cell Therapies
John DiPersio Washington University School of Medicine Leukemias, Bone Marrow Transplantation
Daniel Doherty University of Washington Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics; Neurogenetics; Hindbrain Malformations; Ciliopathies
Christopher James Doig University of Calgary Critical Care Medicine; Multisite Trials; Community Health
Erin Dolan University of Georgia STEM Undergraduate Education and Mentorship Research
Boro Dropulic Caring Cross Lentiviral Vector Technology; HIV/AIDS
Douglas Eaton Emory University Cellular Signaling Mechanisms
James Ellis The Hospital for Sick Children Vector Development; Reprogramming; iPSC Banking; Rett Syndrome; Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Cardiomyopathies, and Post-transcriptional Regulation
Todd Evans Weill Cornell Medicine Developmental & Molecular Biology
Alan Flake Children's Hospital of Philadelphia In utero Cell & Gene Therapy; Pediatric Surgery
Thomas Freeman University of South Florida Neural Transplantation; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Spine Surgery
Mark Furth Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation Fetal & Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine
Adrian Gee Baylor College of Medicine Cellular Therapy and Viral Vector Manufacturing; Regulatory Affairs 
Rachel Gibson University of Adelaide Chemotherapy-Induced Mucositis; Gut Microbiome
Jonathan D. Glass Emory University Neuromuscular Disorders; Peripheral Neuropathies (ALS)
Melissa Goddard Independent Consultant Development of Tools and Treatments for Neuromuscular Diseases
Kevin Gregory-Evans University of British Columbia Ophthalmology; Tissue Engineering; Molecular Genetics
May Griffith University of Montreal Biomaterials; Cornea Regeneration and Transplantation
James Guest Miller School of Medicine; Miami Project to Cure Paralysis CNS Injury; Spinal Cord Injury; Biologic, Small Molecule and Cellular Therapeutics
Kurt Gunter Athenex Regulatory Affairs, Therapy Development
Timothy Hacker University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Disease; Preclinical Models of Disease
Timothy Hacker University of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Disease; Preclinical Models of Disease
Patrick Hanley Children’s National Hospital Academic GMP Facilities & Workforce Development; Development, Manufacture, Quality, and Testing of Novel Cellular Therapies
Franz Hefti Prevail Therapeutics Drug Development; Neuroscience (AD)
Derek Hei BlueRock Therapeutics Developing Cell and Gene Therapeutics for Clinical Trials; Cell Manufacturing
Shelly Heimfeld Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Cellular Therapy Related to CMC Activities; Regulatory Strategies 
Mary Beth Henderson RCRI, Inc. Medical Device Regulatory and Quality System
Helen Heslop Baylor College of Medicine Hematologic Malignancies; Adaptive Immunotherapies; Multisite Trials
Julian Hiscox University of Liverpool Infection Biology and Microbiomes, RNA Sequencing and Proteomics
Anthony Hollander University of Liverpool Stem Cell Biology; Cartilage Biology; Tissue Engineering
Clark Hung Columbia University Mechanobiology of Cartilage, Tissue Engineering
Ole Isacson Harvard University Neurodegenerative Disease (PD, HD); Neuroregeneration
Marc Jenkins University of Minnesota T Cell Biology; Vaccines & Autoimmunity; in vivo Imaging
Jane Johnson UT Southwestern Neurogenesis; Somatosensory Circuit; Pharmacology; Cancer Biology
Sadik Kassim Danaher Cancer Immunotherapy; CAR-T Cell Process Development; AAV Gene Therapy
Douglas Kerr Generation Bio Neuronal Injury; Motor Neuron Disease; Neurodegeneration
Daniel Kim University of Texas Medical School at Houston Neurological Surgery; Spinal Surgery
Vassilis Koliatsos Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Traumatic & Degenerative Brain Injury and Repair; Alzheimer’s Disease
Darrell Kotton Boston University Stem Cell & Gene Therapy; Lung Developmental Biology; Pulmonary Medicine
Anna Krasnodembskaya Queen's University Belfast MSC Based Therapies for ARDS
Robert Kutner Biologics Consulting Process and Analytical Development; Academic Core Facilities
Andrew Kung Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Pediatric Cancers; Cancer Genomics, Precision Medicine; Tumor Biology
Daniel Kuritzkes Harvard Medical School HIV-1 Persistence and Eradication; Resistance to Antiretroviral Drugs; Viral Fitness; Viral Tropism
Joanne Kurtzberg Duke University HSCT, Cord Blood, and Tissue Cellular Therapies
Brian Kwon Vancouver General Hospital Spinal Cord Injury
John Lake University of Minnesota Liver, Solid Organ Transplantation
Jane Larkindale PepGen Neuromuscular Disease; Patient Outreach; Venture Philanthropy
Dean Lee Nationwide Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology; Immunotherapy; Cell Therapy
Xiaojun Lance Lian Pennsylvania State University Stem cell differentiation and genome editing for diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Russell Lonser Ohio State University Neurosurgery; Drug Delivery; Neural Disorders; Neuro-oncology
Christian Lorson University of Missouri Alternative Splicing; Spinal Muscular Atrophy; Gene Therapy
Nadya Lumelsky National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH Tissue Engineering; Regenerative Medicine; Stem Cells; Bioengineering; Musculoskeletal Tissues
Troy Lund University of Minnesota Pediatric Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation; Inherited Metabolic Diseases
Terry Magnuson University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Mouse Genetics, Genomics, Chromatin Remodeling
Pradeep Mammen University of Texas Southwestern Cardiology; Heart Failure/Transplantation; Neuromuscular Cardiomyopathy
Hai-Quan Mao Johns Hopkins University Biomaterials; Nanotechnology; Drug/Gene Delivery; Regenerative Engineering; Stem Cell Delivery
William Matsui University of Texas at Austin Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells
Marcela Maus Massachusetts General Hospital CAR-T Immunotherapy for Cancer
Margot Mayer-Proschel University of Rochester Neuroscience; Developmental Biology
David McKenna University of Minnesota Development of Cellular-Based Therapies; GMP Manufacturing of Adult and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Immune Cells
Samir Mehta University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Trauma; Fractures; Articular Cartilage Injury
Alexander Meissner Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics Stem Cell Biology; Epigenetic and Cellular Reprogramming
Jos Melenhorst University of Pennsylvania Immunology; CAR-T Cell Therapy Development; Gene Therapy Product Manufacturing
Ivar Mendez University of Saskatchewan Neurosurgery; Brain Repair; Stem Cells; Surgical Robotics
Usha Menon University of South Florida Health Equity; Health Disparities; Precision Medicine; Community Engagement; Implementation Science
Leonid Metelitsa Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric Oncology; Solid Cancer Immunotherapy; NKT Cell Immunobiology
Andra Miller VectorCell Bio Regulatory Strategy for Cellular & Gene Therapy Products; RAC; CMC
Shoukrhat Mitalipov Oregon Heath & Sciences University Preimplantation Development; Infertility
Christine Mummery Leiden University Medical Center Pluripotency & Differentiation to Cardiovascular Lineages
Michael Murphy Indiana University School of Medicine Vascular Surgery; Cardiovascular Cell Therapy
Ulrik Nielsen Tidal Therapeutics Cancer Immunotherapy; Adoptive T-Cell Therapy
Laura Niklason Humacyte Inc Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Tissue Engineering; Blood Vessels
Mark Noble University of Rochester Nervous System Precursors; Nervous System Injury; Cancer; Lysosomal Storage Diseases; Drug Discovery
Cristina Nostro McEwen Stem Cell Institute-University Health Network Type 1 Diabetes, Beta Cell Replacement, Directed Differentiation, Pancreas Development
Anna O’Connell Independent Consultant Biology and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate Mentor/Mentee Training and Professional Development
Cecilia O'Kane Queen's University Belfast ARDS; Biologic and Cell Therapies for Lung Infection and Inflammation
Maynard Olson University of Washington Genomics; Natural Variation in DNA Sequence
Sean Palecek University of Wisconsin Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology; Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Differentiation
Peter Palese Icahn School of Medicine Microbiology, RNA Viruses, Vaccine Development
Nancy Parenteau Ingenium BioTherapy Corpporation Biotechnology; Biological Products; Drug Development
Malin Parmar Lund University Neurodegeneration & Parkinson’s Disease
David Pepperl Biologics Consulting Regulatory (Pharmacology/Toxicology)
Martin Pera The Jackson Laboratory Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology; Disease Modeling
William Peranteau Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Fetal, Neonatal, and Pediatric Surgery
Rita Perlingeiro University of Minnesota Lineage-Specific Differentiation (Skeletal); Genetic Correction of Disease
Thomas Petersen United Therapeutics Tissue Engineering; Cellular therapies; Exosome Therapies; Pulmonary
Marija Petrinovic King’s College London Circuits and Disease Mechanisms in Neurodevelopment
Anne Plant National Institute of Standards and Technology Quality/Analytics; Characterization of Cell-Based Therapies; Predictive Understanding of Complex Biological Processes
Seth Pollack Northwestern University Cancer Immunotherapy
Avery Posey University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Gene-engineered and Gene-edited T-cell Therapies
Thomas Povsic Duke University Medical Center Cardiovascular Disease; Cell Therapy; Clinical Trial Design
Sue Preston X’Elas BioDevelopment LLC Regulatory and Quality Strategy for Biopharmaceuticals, Small Molecules, Drug Delivery Systems, and Diagnostics
Rajiv Raja AstraZeneca Biomarker Development, Translational Genomics
Theodore Rasmussen University of Connecticut Epigenetics in Pluripotent Cells; Teratology; Disease Models; Directed Differentiation; Reproductive Biology; Pharmaceutical Research
Keith Reeves Duke University Innate Immune Response to Infectious Disease, NK Cells
Jerome Ritz Harvard Medical School Academic GMP Facilities; Cancer Immunology and Stem Cell Transplantation
Isabelle Rivière Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Academic GMP Facilities; Cell & Gene Therapy Manufacturing & Process Development
Jared Roach Institute for Systems Biology Systems Biology
Allan Robins Independent Consultant Cell Manufacturing and Process Development; Pluripotent Stem Cells; Cell Therapy Product Development
Frank Rockhold Duke University Biostatistics: Clinical Trial Design: Data Monitoring
Mauricio Rojas Ohio State College of Medicine Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Acute/Chronic Lung Injury; Aging
Martha Rook Insitro Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing; Diagnostics Development
Checo Rorie North Carolina A&T State University Cancer Genetics and Cell Biology; Toxicology
Janet Rossant The Hospital for Sick Children Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Anne Rosser Cardiff University CNS Regeneration (HD, PD)
Rayne Rouce Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Cancer Center Clinical and Translational Immunotherapies
Gordon Rubenfeld University of Toronto Clinical Epidemiology, Comparative Outcomes Research, Critical Care, ARDS
Josh Rubin Washington University in St. Louis Pediatric Brain Tumors; Brain Development Mechanisms & Tumorigenesis
Steven Russell Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Research
Hesham Sadek University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Cardiac & Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology; Metabolomics; Microenvironment
Michel Sadelain Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Gene Therapy; Bone Marrow Transplant; Immunology; Cancer
Jacqueline Sagen University of Miami Neural Transplantation; Axonal Regrowth; Chronic Pain Syndromes
Krishanu Saha University of Wisconsin-Madison Gene Editing, Biomanufacturing, Disease Modeling and Reprogramming
Vijay Sankaran Harvard Medical School Genetic Variation in Hematopoiesis and Blood Diseases
Daniel Saris Mayo Clinic Orthopedic Surgery, Knee Surgery, Stem Cell Technologies for Degenerative Disease
John-Michael Sauer Escape Bio Toxicology, Pharmacology, Drug Discovery & Development
Elias Sayour University of Florida Pediatric Oncology; Cancer Immunotherapy
Beth Shaz Duke University Academic GMP Facilities; Transfusion Medicine and Cell Therapies
Hans Schöler Max Plank Institute for Molecular Biomedicine Stem Cell Pluripotency & Germline Development
Brian Schwartz ArQule Oncology; Drug Development
James Schwob Tufts University Neural Development; Olfactory Projection; Neurogenesis
Christopher Scull Biologics Consulting Design and Management of IND-enabling Studies; Pre-clinical Regulatory Strategy
Michael Sefton University of Toronto Tissue Engineering; Biomaterials; Vascularization
Khalid Shah Harvard Medical School Neuro-Oncology; Targeted Cancer Therapeutics; Stem Cell Transplantation
Akshay Sharma St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Therapeutic Approaches to Hematological Conditions
Rohini Sharma Imperial College London Medical Oncology; Clinical Pharmacology
Paul Simmons Mesoblast Hematopoiesis; Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Ilyas Singec FUJIFILM Cellular Dynamics Basic and Translational Research of Pluripotent Stem Cells
Nathaniel Smilowitz NYU Langone Health Interventional Cardiology; Cardiovascular Disease
Kim Smith-Whitley Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Hematology; Sickle Cell Disease
Vernon Sondak Moffitt Cancer Center Melanoma; Cutaneous Oncology
Allen M. Spiegel Albert Einstein College of Medicine Signal Transduction; Diseases of Extracellular Calcium/Phosphate; Metabolism; Diabetes; Obesity; Endocrine Neoplasia Syndromes
Clifford Steer University of Minnesota Hepatology; Non-viral Gene Therapy; Liver Regeneration, Gene Editing, miRNAs as Therapeutic Agents
John Strouse Duke University Pediatric Hematology, Sickle Cell Disease
Alan Sugar University of Michigan Health Corneal Diseases & Transplantation
Azim Surani Gurdon Institute Mammalian Germ Cells; Pluripotency; Epigenesis; Single Cell Technology
Megan Sykes Columbia University Bone Marrow Transplantation; Transplantation Immunology
Viviane Tabar Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Neurosurgery; Brain Tumors; Pluripotent & Neural Stem Cell Biology; Stem Cell Therapy
Doris Taylor RegenMedix Consulting LLC Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine & Organ Transplantation; Women’s Health
Monica Thakar Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Pediatric HSCT; NK Immunotherapy for Oncology and Non-Malignant Diseases
Paul Thomas St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Immunology, Influenza, T Cell Receptor Repertoires
Alice Tomei University of Miami Cell and Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Type-1 Diabetes, Autoimmunity
Jay Traverse Minneapolis Heart Institute Stem Cell Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease
George Truskey Duke University Cardiovascular Engineering; Tissue Engineering; Stem Cells; Cell Mechanics
Stefan Tullius Brigham and Women’s Hospital Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Surgery; Transplantation Immunology
Ludovic Vallier Berlin Institute of Health Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology; Endoderm; iPSC Modeling of Liver & Metabolic Disease
Jamboor Vishwanatha University of North Texas Health Science Center Education and Community Outreach for Underrepresented Groups in Biomedicine, Health Disparity Research
Richard Wade-Martins University of Oxford Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration; Gene Therapy
Amy Wagers Harvard University Hematopoietic & Skeletal Muscle Stem Cells; Aging
John Wagner University of Minnesota Lympho-Hematopoietic Disorders; Bone Marrow Transplantation; Cord Blood
Karen Walker Kyverna Therapeutics Industry CDMO/Industry Manufacturing; Technical Development and Manufacturing for Cell and Gene Therapies
Edmund Waller Emory University Hematology and Medical Oncology; Stem Cell Transplantation; Transplant Outcomes Research
Darin Weber ProKidney Regulatory (CMC; Device; Cell Therapy)
Mitch Weiss St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Hematology; Genome Editing; Developmental Hematopoiesis
Scott Whittemore University of Louisville Spinal Cord Injury
Thomas Martin Wilkie UT Southwestern Medical Center G Protein Signaling in Development and Cancer
Michelle LeRoux Williams Independent Consultant Clinical & Preclinical Development for Cell Therapies; Regulatory Affairs
Carolyn Wilson George Mason University Regulatory Affairs, Ex Vivo Gene Therapy, Lentiviral Vectors
Barbara Wirostko University of Utah Ophthalmology; Glaucoma; Clinical Development
Robin Wright University of Minnesota Cell Biology; STEM Education
Letisha Wyatt Oregon Health & Science University CNS Purinergic Signaling
Cassian Yee University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Medical Oncology; Immunology
Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmerman University Medical Center Göttingen Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine & Tissue Engineering
Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker University of Toronto T Cell Development, Hematopoiesis, Thymus Biology, Notch Signaling
Thomas Zwaka Mount Sinai School of Medicine Stem Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics