PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

 

The SJSU SCILL Leadership Team is comprised of four SJSU faculty members. Each member brings a unique expertise to the SCILL program. The Leadership Team will meet monthly to review program curriculum, student concerns, or discuss budgetary issues. The Leadership Team will interview all SCILL applicants and discuss internship placements. All members of the Leadership Team will be involved in decisions regarding the program.

SJSU Management Team
Board Committee
SJSU Faculty Mentors
Instructors
IHI Coordinators

SJSU Management Team

Program DirectorTzvia Abramson -Professor, SJSU

Dr. Abramson has ultimate responsibility for the program, providing administrative oversight including issues related to budget approval, student recruitment, staff employment, scheduling and staffing classes, laboratory safety and regulatory compliance. The director is also responsible for reviewing and implementing Advisory Committee decisions, as well as be the primary communication hub for Internship Host Institution (IHI) coordinators.

Program management leader- Dr. Lelia Khatib- Assistant Professor/ Associate Director MBT, SJSU

Dr. Leila Khatib has worked as an industry consultant for 10 years prior to entering academia.  Her specialization includes the development of molecular methodologies for public health applications.  She currently is the co-director of the Masters of Biotechnology program and is serving on the management team for the SCILL program.

Dr. Bree Grillo-Hill – Assistant Professor, SJSU

Dr. Grillo-Hill came to SJSU in 2016 with expertise in developmental and cell biology and will assist with trainee selection, internship placement, and program assessment. Her research investigates the regulation of morphogenetic cell processes by intracellular pH (pHi) during normal development and disease, with a recent focus on pHi dynamics during adult and embryonic stem cell differentiation.


Board Committee

The SJSU SCILL Advisory Committee provides program oversight and guidance. The Committee members were selected for their range of perspectives and experience in education, administration, internship program design and implementation, stem cell research, stem cell product commercialization, and stem cell clinical applications.

NamePosition
Tzvia AbramsonSJSU SCILL Director, Faculty Advisor, Leadership Team, SJSU SCILL Director/Faculty Advisor/Leadership Team, SJSU
Leila KhatibSCILL Faculty Advisor/Leadership Team, MBT co-director, SJSU
Bree Grillo-Hillprogram lead manager SJSU
Elaine CollinsAssociate Dean, College of Science, SJSU
Pamela StacksAssociate Vice President, Graduate Studies & Research, SJSU
Vittorio SebastianoScientist, mentor and Stanford University PI, hESC course
Cindy KleinCoordinator and hESC course instructor at Stanford University
Birgitt SchueleScientist, mentor and coordinator at Stanford
Sofie SalamaResearch Scientist in BIomolecular Engineering
HHMI Senior Scientist, UCSC
Bari Holm NazarioUCSC intern coordinator
Dr. Diane HeiserNotable Labs
TBACellerant
TBANeurona
Stuart ChambersScientist, mentor and PI at Amgen
Nathan ManleyScientist, mentor and coordinator at Asterias Biotherapeutics
Jonathan Davila Scientist, coordinator at NeuCyte

The SJSU SCILL Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Program Director and the SJSU Mentorship Coordinator regarding success in meeting our three criteria (student’s individual professional goals, program-wide function, and employment and advancement of its graduates in stem cell careers).


SJSU Faculty Mentors

NamePositionPhone NumberEmail
Tzvia AbramsonASCP Biological Sciences(408) 924-4872Tzvia.Abramson@sjsu.edu
Cleber OuverneyASTP Biological Sciences(408) 924-4806ouverney@email.sjsu.edu
Guna SelvadurayPROF Mat & Chem Engineering(408) 924-3874Guna.Selvaduray@sjsu.edu
Miri VanHovenASTP Biological Sciences(408) 924-4845Miri.VanHoven@sjsu.edu
Bree Grillo-HillASTP Biological Sciences(408) 924-4890bree.grillo-hill@sjsu.edu
Sabine RechDirector of the Master of
Biotechnology Program
(408) 924-4832Sabine.Rech@sjsu.edu
Leila KhatibDirector of the Master of
Biotechnology Program
(408) 924-4828leila.khatib@sjsu.edu

SJSU Faculty mentors accept students into the graduate programs as required by the Department of Biological Sciences and provide academic advisement. They also advise students in forming their graduate committee and completing their culminating experience. Mentors play an active role in their student’s mentorship team. See Mentoring and Trainee Assessment.


Instructors

NamePosition
Tzvia AbramsonInstructor of stem cell laboratory class
Leila KhatibInstructor of stem cell lab class
Salma Farid Instructor Community Outreach Classes

Staff

NamePosition
Tzvia AbramasonProgram Director
Leila KhatibProgram Management Leader
Salma FaridProgram Coordinator

INTERNSHIP HOST INSTITUTION (IHI) COORDINATORS

IHI Coordinators provide onsite coordination for students during their year-long research internship. Host institutions were selected to offer a wide array of stem cell internship opportunities encompassing basic cell and molecular research at our research university partners, translational research involving stem cell product development at our corporate partner- Escape Therapeutics, and clinical applications of stem cell science at The Parkinson’s Institute.

NameInstitutionEmail
Jonathan DavilaNeuCyte jdavila@neucyte.com
Nate ManleyAsterias Biotherapeuticsnmanley@asteriasbio.com
Cynthia KleinStanford Universitycklein@stanford.edu
Stuart Chambers Amgenschamb01@amgen.com
Bari Holm NazarioUC Santa Cruzbnazario@ucsc.edu
Diane HeiserNoatable Labsdiane@notablelabs.com