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Helen L. & Martin S. Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology Education

Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology Education

It’s an exciting time to be studying stem cells, as the field is rapidly evolving and stands to revolutionize medicine. At NYU Langone’s Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology, trainees perform trailblazing research in the laboratories of our renowned faculty.

We offer research opportunities to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students, and host a range of programs that provide a comprehensive didactic education. These include our cell, developmental, and stem cell biology seminar series and developmental genetics and stem cell biology works in progress series, as well as stem cell biology courses and tutorials.

Our location in Midtown Manhattan gives trainees convenient access to scientific conferences and seminars throughout the city, many of which are just a short trip from our labs.

Our scientists use invertebrate model system studies to solve many important problems in areas such as signal transduction, chromatin modifications, and RNA-mediated controls. In addition, invertebrate model systems allow for facile gene discovery and high-throughput, whole-organism analyses.

By covering many model systems, our training programs bridge the gap between basic and clinical studies and facilitate advances in stem cell biology and its medical applications.

PhD Training Program in Stem Cell Biology

The Stem Cell Biology PhD Training Program offered by NYU Langone’s Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences is an open, interdisciplinary program in which you explore the vast field of stem cell biology research. Our mentoring faculty are affiliated with basic and clinical departments across NYU Langone and work on a variety of model organisms and disease models. They provide academic guidance throughout training and support independent research projects.

Stem Cell Biology Training Program Leadership

Elaine L. Wilson, PhD, Program Director
E. Jane Albert Hubbard, PhD, Program Co-Director; Graduate Advisor
Julia Gelman, PhD, Assistant Director of Training Programs

Resources for Current Students

Currently enrolled students in the Stem Cell Biology PhD Training Program can access resources, including a form for the qualifying exam, through the student community of Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

A Kerberos ID is required to access these resources.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Our faculty members welcome postdoctoral fellows as members of their labs. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of stem cell biologists by giving them an in-depth understanding of this complex field. We provide an intellectually diverse, highly collaborative, rigorous environment that emphasizes basic and translational research.

Interested postdocs should email the faculty member they are interested in working with to inquire about available positions.

Learn more about NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s postdoctoral program and our commitment to the professional development of our scientists-in-training.

Senior Postdoctoral Fellows

Senior postdoctoral fellows in the Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology have gone on to rich and rewarding careers. Below is a list of senior postdoctoral fellows by year.

2020: Alessandra Brambati, PhD, laboratory of Agnel Sfeir, PhD.

2019: Salvador Herrera, PhD, laboratory of Erika Bach, PhD.

2017: Beatriz Aranda-Orgilles, PhD, laboratory of Iannis Aifantis, PhD. Dr. Aranda-Orgilles is now a team leader at Cellectis.

2015: Marc Amoyel, PhD, laboratory of Dr. Bach. Dr. Amoyel is a Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow, School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol.

2014: Shannon Buckley, PhD, laboratory of Dr. Aifantis. Dr. Buckley is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

2013: Roberto Bonasio, PhD, laboratory of Danny Reinberg, PhD. Dr. Bonasio is an assistant professor of cell and developmental biology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

2011: Camille Lobry, PhD, laboratory of Dr. Aifantis. Dr. Lobry is a group leader at the Institut Gustave Roussy in Paris.

2010: Silvia Canudas, PhD, laboratory of Susan L. Smith, PhD. Dr. Canudas is a senior postdoc in the laboratory of Antonio García de Herreros Madueño in the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

2009: Marie McGovern, PhD, laboratory of E. Jane Albert Hubbard, PhD; and Foster Gonsalves, PhD, laboratory of Ramanuj Dasgupta, PhD. Dr. McGovern is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. Dr. Gonsalves is vice president of drug development and safety at RGENIX.

2008: Mark Chong, PhD, laboratory of Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD. Dr. Chong is an assistant professor at St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research at the University of Melbourne, where he heads the Genomics and Immunology Laboratory.

2007: Sarah Hatsell, PhD, laboratory of Pamela Cowin, PhD. Dr. Hatsell is a staff scientist at Regeneron in Tarrytown, New York.

2006: Lilach Gilboa, PhD, laboratory of Ruth Lehmann, PhD. Dr. Gilboa is a principal investigator in the Department of Biological Regulation at Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

Research Concentrations for Medical Students

Students enrolled in an MD degree program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine are invited to spend 12 weeks pursuing basic, clinical, or translational science research under the mentorship of a Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology faculty member.

Learn more about MD degree scholarly concentrations.

If you are a medical student who is interested in working with one of our faculty members, please email Julia Gelman, PhD, assistant director of training programs, at