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Appointment of Thomas Zwaka, MD, PhD, as Interim Director, The Black Family Stem Cell Institute

Wednesday, October 7, 2015   (0 Comments)
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TO:                  All Faculty, Staff, and Students


FROM:             Dennis S. Charney, MD

                        Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean

                        Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

                        President for Academic Affairs

                        Mount Sinai Health System


I am pleased to announce that Thomas Zwaka, MD, PhD, has agreed to serve as Interim Director of The Black Family Stem Cell Institute, effective immediately.


Dr. Zwaka is an internationally recognized expert on pluripotent stem cells, which are critical to tissue regeneration. His research program aims to accelerate the use of pluripotent stem cells in directing the repair and replacement of human cells affected by injury or disease. He holds numerous patents relating to his scientific work.


He is a Professor of Developmental and Regenerative Biology, and Director of the Huffington Foundation Center for Cell-Based Research in Parkinson’s disease at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He was recruited to Mount Sinai in 2013 from Baylor College of Medicine, where he was Co-Director of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center. He served on the Baylor faculty for nearly a decade, in both the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy.


Dr. Zwaka earned his MD and PhD degrees from Ulm University in Germany, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular cardiology. He undertook a second postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he simultaneously served as an Assistant Scientist in the National Primate Research Center.


Dr. Zwaka is an active member of the Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He also provides leadership on the national level, serving on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He also served as the scientific organizer for the 2015 Keystone Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology, “Transcriptional and Epigenetic Influences on Stem Cell States.”


We look forward to working with Dr. Zwaka in The Black Family Stem Cell Institute.

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