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
Program Director – Tzvia 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 Leader – Katherine Wilkinson – Assistant Professor, SJSU
Dr. Wilkinson is a part of the management team and is involved in trainee selection, internship placement, and program assessment as well as providing general education on Stem Cells classes.
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.
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.
|Tzvia Abramson||SJSU SCILL Director, Faculty Advisor, Leadership Team, SJSU SCILL Director/Faculty Advisor/Leadership Team, SJSU|
|Leila Khatib||SCILL Faculty Advisor/Leadership Team, MBT co-director, SJSU|
|Dr. Elaine Collins||Associate Dean, College of Science, SJSU|
|Dr. Pamela Stacks||Associate Vice President, Graduate Studies & Research, SJSU|
|Dr. Vittorio Sebastiano||Scientist, mentor and Stanford University PI, hESC course Instructor|
|Cindy Klein||Coordinator and hESC course instructor at Stanford University|
|Dr. Birgitt Schuele||Scientist, mentor and PI at Stanford University|
|Dr. Sofie Salama||Research Scientist in Biomolecular Engineering
HHMI Senior Scientist, UCSC
|Dr. Catharina Casper-Lindley||Intern Coordinator, UCSC|
|Dr. Kamran Ali||Notable Labs|
|Dr. Jagath Reddy Junutula||V.P., Cellerant Therapeutics,Inc.|
|Stuart Chambers||Scientist, mentor and PI, Amgen|
|Dr. Maddalena Adorno||Scientist, mentor, Dorian Therapeutics|
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
|Tzvia Abramson||ASCP Biological Sciences||(408) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cleber Ouverney||ASTP Biological Sciences||(408) email@example.com|
|Guna Selvaduray||PROF Mat & Chem Engineering||(408) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Miri VanHoven||ASTP Biological Sciences||(408) email@example.com|
|Bree Grillo-Hill||ASTP Biological Sciences||(408) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sabine Rech||Director of the Master of|
|Leila Khatib||Associate Director of the Master of|
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.
|Tzvia Abramson||Instructor, Stem Cell Laboratory class|
|Leila Khatib||Instructor, Stem Cell lab class|
|Salma Farid||Instructor, Community Outreach, Patient Interaction Class
|Nathan Manley||Instructor, Bench to Bedside Class
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.
|Dr. Maddalena Adorno||Dorian Therapeuticsemail@example.com|
|Cynthia Klein||Stanford Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Stuart Chambers||Amgenemail@example.com|
|Dr. Catharina Casper-Lindley||UC Santa Cruzfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Kamran Ali||Notable Labsemail@example.com|
|Dr. Jagath Reddy Junutula||Cellerant Therapeuticsfirstname.lastname@example.org|