About Us

The Berkeley Stem Cell Center, with affiliated laboratories at UC Berkeley, Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, operates under the guidance of Director David Schaffer.

Basic and translational research emphases of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center include molecular mechanisms of pluripotency; hematopoietic stem cell development and differentiation; neural differentiation and neurodegenerative disease; cardiovascular and skeletal muscle differentiation; cancer and cancer stem cells; tissue engineering for stem cell culture and transplantation; and design and fabrication of instruments for stem cell isolation, biochemical analysis and imaging. Clinical research is focused on the use of cord blood stem cells in treatment of inherited and malignant blood disorders.

CIRM-funded core facilities for pluripotent stem cell culture and tissue engineering are available in Stanley Hall, the Life Sciences Addition, and the Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences. The Center's CIRM Training Program supports 16 clinical, postdoctoral and pre-doctoral fellows.

David Schaffer, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
Bioengineering, and The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

Director, CIRM Training Program
Ellen Robey Ph.D.

Professor of Immunology
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Program Manager, Berkeley Stem Cell Center
Lily Mirels D.M.D, Ph.D.
Associate Director, CIRM Training Program
Mark Walters M.D.

Director, Blood & Marrow Transplantation Program
Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

Manager, CIRM Shared Laboratory
Mary West Ph.D.