The New York Stem Cell Foundation
Research Institute (NYSCF)
is proud to welcome

The 2023 Class of NYSCF — Druckenmiller Fellows

Anupama Hemalatha, PhD
NYSCF – Druckenmiller Advanced Postdoctoral Fellow
Yale University
Dr. Hemalatha is studying how the way energy is processed in skin stem cells can sometimes lead to cancer, to uncover new strategies for skin cancer treatment and prevention.

Kentaro Iwasawa, MD, PhD
NYSCF – Druckenmiller Advanced Postdoctoral Fellow
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Dr. Iwasawa is creating sophisticated liver organoids – liver tissue made from stem cells – that can ultimately be leveraged to replace dysfunctional livers in patients who need transplants.

Brian J. Joseph, PhD
NYSCF – Druckenmiller Early Postdoctoral Fellow
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Dr. Joseph is working to create mature brain cells from stem cells that can be used to better understand neurodegenerative diseases as well as aging.

Kaylee Wells, PhD
NYSCF – Druckenmiller Collaborative Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University
Dr. Wells aims to develop strategies for stimulating production of myelin (the insulation around our neurons that helps them communicate) to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.

Jiajie Xu, PhD
NYSCF – Druckenmiller Early Postdoctoral Fellow
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Xu studies how specialized cells in the airway sense and respond to their environment, aiming to develop better treatments for lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

About the NYSCF Fellowship Program

The NYSCF Fellowship Program is the largest dedicated stem cell fellowship program in the world. It was established in 2006, and was created to train and support young scientists in the pursuit of innovative and groundbreaking stem cell research. In addition to financial support, fellows are welcomed into NYSCF’s greater Innovator Community
which includes over 200 best-in-class stem cell scientists and neuroscientists based all around the world where researchers are provided additional opportunities for scientific growth and collaboration through an annual scientific retreat, the annual NYSCF Conference, mentorship opportunities, and career development training, among others.

The NYSCF Fellowship Program View the Brochure

NYSCF thanks Fiona and Stan Druckenmiller for their pioneering and long-standing support of this program.

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