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Enroll in 2017 Mentorship Program

Advance your professional development with ASGCT by enrolling in the 2017 ASGCT Mentorship Program! By enrolling in the Mentorship Program, you are able to attend the Speed Networking Event at the 2017 Annual Meeting, where you can create new relationships with established scientific professionals.

If you are interested in participating in the program, simply email the ASGCT Executive Office (info@asgct.org) for more information.

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Jennifer E. Adair, PhD

Jennifer E. Adair, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

*Junior Investigator*

What is your current professional status?

Research Associate

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Nonprofit Research Institute

What is your scientific area of research?

Clinical translation of gene therapy for hematopoietic stem cells.

Why do you want to be a mentor?

Realizing what worked for me may help someone else find direction.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

Future research connections, advancing the field by promoting the next generation.             

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 1
            b. Geographic Location - 5
            c. Professional Status / Success - 3 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 1
            e. Communication Style - 3

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

I am currently a research associate in the laboratory of Hans-Peter Kiem, MD, FACP at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center planning to transition to an independent research faculty position at an academic or nonprofit research institute or center within the next year. My current work focuses on translating strategies for gene therapy in hematopoietic stem cells into clinical trials including generation of preclinical data, regulatory management and conduct of Phase I and II clinical trials. My research in the lab focuses on development of more efficient and safe strategies for gene therapy with special interest in targeted gene integration and methods to improve engraftment of gene-modified blood cells in a nonmyeloablative transplant setting. I also serve as a member of the New Investigator Committee for the Society.

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Ana Buj Bello, MD, PhD

Ana Buj Bello, MD, PhD
Genethon 

*Researcher*

Profile coming soon...

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John Chiorini

John, A. Chiorini, PhD 
National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIDCR

*Senior Investigator*

What is your current professional status?

Gene Therapy for autoimmunity

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Government 

What is your scientific area of research?

Vector Development 

Why do you want to be a mentor?

Mentoring is a critical component of the scientific process.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

Better understanding of current research interests and directions of new graduate students.        

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 2
            b. Geographic Location - 4
            c. Professional Status / Success - 4 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 3
            e. Communication Style - 2

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

The overall research goal of our group is to define the interactions of adeno-associated virus (AAV) with its target cell. Our hypothesis is that by understanding these interactions, and the biology of the virus, we can contribute to the use of AAV vectors for gene therapy. Over the years we have developed many vectors that are currently in clinic trials including AAV4 and AAV5.  A major focus of application for these vectors is autoimmunity and the treatment of xerostomia as it relates to Sjogrenâ™s syndrome and radiation induced damage to the gland. We are currently conducting a phase 1 study for the treatment of radiation induced xerostomia using AAV vectors.

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David Deyle, MD

David Deyle, MD
Mayo Clinic

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Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD

Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
*Associate Professor*

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Jonathan D. Finn, PhD

Jonathan D. Finn, PhD
Intellia Therapeutics
*Director of Production and Analytics*

 

What is your current professional status?

Director of Production and Analytics

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Bio-industry

What is your scientific area of research?

In vivo delivery of CRISPR/Cas9.

Why do you want to be a mentor?

Over the years I have had the opportunity to train with many excellent researchers and I would like to have the opportunity to give back to the research community.  I also find teaching a very rewarding experience.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

Teaching is a reward in itself. I believe that helping others is one of the most satisfying things one can do, and I hope to help young scientists learn from the experiences that I have had (both positive and negative)throughout my research career.

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 2
b. Geographic Location - 4
c. Professional Status / Success - 2
d. Compatibility of Career Path - 2
e. Communication Style - 2

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

I am a scientist that has been working in the gene therapy field for over 15 years. I believe that gene therapy is the future of medicine and that this new paradigm has the potential to transform patients' lives. I have worked both with a wide range of gene therapy delivery systems (LNP, adenoviral, lentiviral, AAV, and exosomes), as well as numerous disease applications (cancer, hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation). I have had extensive experience in both academia (UBC, McMaster University, CHOP) and in industry (Protiva Biotherapeutics, Arthrogen, Intellia Therapeutics). This broad range of experience gives me a unique perspective and has proven valuable when faced with difficult challenges.

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Haiyan Fu, PhD

Haiyan Fu, PhD
Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
*Principal Investigator*

What is your current professional status?

Principal Investigator

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic institution

What is your scientific area of research?

Gene therapy for neurological disorders, CNS gene delivery.

Why do you want to be a mentor?

Share my experiences that may benefit the career development for younger generation of scientists.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

1. Broader interaction with colleagues in the field; 2. find potential opportunities for collaboration.   

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 5
            b. Geographic Location - 1
            c. Professional Status / Success - 3 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 2
            e. Communication Style - 4

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

My name is Haiyan Fu. I am currently a principal investigator of Center for Gene Therapy in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. My major interest is to develop gene therapy approaches to treat neuropathic monogenic disorders. 

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Paloma H. Giangrande, PhD

Paloma H. Giangrande, PhD
University of Iowa
*Junior Investigator*

What is your current professional status?

Associate Professor

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic Institution

What is your scientific area of research?

RNA therapeutics and cell-targeted therapies for cancer and cardiovascular disease

Why do you want to be a mentor?

I view mentoring as the most gratifying activity I perform on a daily basis.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

  Hoping to gain as mentor: To inspire mentees to identify their passion for research and pursue a career in scientific research.

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 1
b. Geographic Location - 5
c. Professional Status / Success - 3
d. Compatibility of Career Path - 2
e. Communication Style - 3

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

Dr. Giangrande obtained her PhD in 1999 at Duke University in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. In 2000, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Nevins where she worked on elucidating the differential roles of the E2F cell cycle regulators. After a four year postdoc, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Sullenger where she pioneered the use of RNA aptamers for targeted delivery of siRNAs. In 2007 Dr. Giangrande was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. Dr. Giangrande's research interests include developing RNA-based therapeutics to modulate cellular pathways underlying pathological cell proliferation in the setting of cancer and cardiovascular disease. A main interest is selecting RNA aptamers to receptors expressed on the surface of target-cells with SELEX (Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential Enrichment) for the purpose of 1) modulating receptor function and/or 2) delivering therapeutic molecules (e.g. siRNAs, antimirs, drugs) into specific cell types.

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Jennifer Gori, PhD

Jennifer Gori,  PhD
Editas

*Senior Scientist*

Profile coming soon...

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Paola Grandi, PhD

Paola Grandi, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
*Assistant Professor*

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Dirk Grimm, PhD

Dirk Grimm​, PhD 
Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany

*Full Professor*

What is your current professional status?

Full Professor

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic institution 

What is your scientific area of research?

AAV vectors, CRISPR, RNAi, infectious diseases  

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 3
            b. Geographic Location - 4
            c. Professional Status / Success - 4 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 2
            e. Communication Style - 3

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Mike Havert, PhD

Mike Havert, PhD
FDA/CBER
*Biologist*

What is your current professional status?

Biologist

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Federal government 

What is your scientific area of research?

Virology

Why do you want to be a mentor?

It's a new experience. 

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

Paying it forward, helping other people out.     

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 2
            b. Geographic Location - 3
            c. Professional Status / Success - 4 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 2
            e. Communication Style - 2

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

I am currently a research associate in the laboratory of Hans-Peter Kiem, MD, FACP at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center planning to transition to an independent research faculty position at an academic or nonprofit research institute or center within the next year. My current work focuses on translating strategies for gene therapy in hematopoietic stem cells into clinical trials including generation of preclinical data, regulatory management and conduct of Phase I and II clinical trials. My research in the lab focuses on development of more efficient and safe strategies for gene therapy with special interest in targeted gene integration and methods to improve engraftment of gene-modified blood cells in a nonmyeloablative transplant setting. I also serve as a member of the New Investigator Committee for the Society.

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Martin Hicks, PhD

Martin Hicks, PhD
Monmouth University 
*Assistant Professor*

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Eric Horowitz, PhD

Eric Horowitz, PhD
Voyager Therapeutics

*Associate Director, Quality Control*

What is your current professional status?

Associate Director, Quality Control

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Biotech

What is your scientific area of research?

Quality Control and Analytical Development

Why do you want to be a mentor?

It is important for new members of the field to have exposure to different career paths. I would like to be able to share my path as well as help to guide others.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

I enjoy networking with others and sharing experiences.

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 3
            b. Geographic Location - 3
            c. Professional Status / Success - 2 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 3
            e. Communication Style - 1

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

My scientific background is in analytical chemistry. I have spent the past 8 years studying AAV vector biology and applying my knowledge to the analysis of AAV vectors. As a part of Voyager Therapeutics I have worked to be at the forefront of AAV characterization. These efforts improve our understanding of AAV  that are rapidly moving through clinical trials and into licensed products.

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Brian K. Kaspar, PhD

Brian K. Kaspar, PhD
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
*Associate Professor*

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Maria P. Limberis, PhD

Maria P. Limberis, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
*Research Associate Professor*

What is your current professional status?

Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic Institution

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

Maria is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), and is also the Senior Director of the Animal Models Core of the Gene Therapy Program (GTP) at UPenn. She conducted doctoral studies at the University of Adelaide, Australia in gene therapy for cystic fibrosis (CF) airway disease and post-doctoral research studies in Dr. James M. Wilson’s laboratory at UPenn. Her current research is focused on the development of AAV vectors for prophylaxis against airborne infectious diseases as well as the development of gene therapy for CF. Maria is an active member of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and is a board member of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia. Maria serves on the New Investigator Committee and the Respiratory Tract Gene & Cell Therapy Committee of the ASGCT.

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Laura Sepp Lorenzino, PhD

Laura Sepp Lorenzino, PhD
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

*Junior Investigator*

What is your current professional status?

Corporate Vice President

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Pharmaceutical company

What is your scientific area of research?

Oligonucleotide therapeutics, Infectious Diseases, Oncology

Why do you want to be a mentor?

I had superb mentors who helped me understand and navigate career paths, and I feel it is important for all of us to help younger generations achieve their true potential.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

I mentored several people and always found our interactions enriching.  I learned a lot and have gotten the satisfaction of seeing several careers flourish!         

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 4
            b. Geographic Location - 3
            c. Professional Status / Success - 3 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 2
            e. Communication Style - 2

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

I studied Pharmacy and Biochemistry at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I got my Ph.D. from NYU, and worked for >15 yr in Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering and at Merck. In 2006 I led efforts to build an RNA Therapeutic team at Merck, where I was responsible for identification and optimization of siRNAs and delivery vehicles, advancement of pre-clinical candidates, and development of an siRNA-conjugate platform to expand the repertoire of tissues accessible to in vivo siRNA delivery. I am passionate about advancing genetic medicines to help patients!

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Carolyn Lutzko, PhD

Carolyn Lutzko, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

*Associate Professor of Pediatrics*

Profile coming soon...

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Casey Maguire, PhD

Casey A. Maguire, PhD
The Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard University

*Assistant Professor of Neurology*

What is your current professional status?

 Assistant Professor of Neurology

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Research Hospital

What is your scientific area of research?

Gene therapy with AAV vectors and exosomes

Why do you want to be a mentor?

To help young scientists make tough decisions for their future by discussing the pros and cons of my own experiences.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

 Hoping to gain as mentor: Satisfaction of maybe providing some useful guidance to young scientists that may help them avoid some unnecessary hurdles.           

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 2
            b. Geographic Location - 5
            c. Professional Status / Success - 5 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 4
            e. Communication Style - 3

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

Dr. Maguire is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Neuroscience in the Department of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He obtained a PhD in 2006 from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He has over 15 years of preclinical experience in development of virus vectors (adenovirus and adeno-associated virus) to overcome in vivo biological barriers such as pre-existing immunity and enhanced transduction of refractory cells.

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Phillip B. Maples, PhD

Phillip B. Maples, PhD
Laurus Bio
*Executive Director*

What is your current professional status?

Executive Director, Laurus Bio

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Biotech Industry

What is your scientific area of research?

Cell and Gene-based Product Development, Manufacturing, Facility Design/Build, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs and Quality Systems

Why do you want to be a mentor?

As a means of developing both the quality and perception of our profession by informing younger professionals of the myriad opportunities ahead.  And they need to be scientific communicators, too!

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

A sense of shared vision for the future potential and paths forward for our technical contributions in terms of patient and societal benefits, with the understanding of the daunting ethical and moral responsibilities to do the small things right (not just the big things)         

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 2
            b. Geographic Location - 5
            c. Professional Status / Success - 3 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 3
            e. Communication Style - 4

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

Versatile professional operating, Laurus Bio, as well as being a member of the Klyo Collaborative. 30+ years of international biotechnology.  Involved in development of pioneering cell and gene therapies including: CGD gene therapy; Autologous HBV core-specific T cells for Chronic HBV; GVAX Autologous NSCLC cell-based vaccine; Lucanix NSCLC cell-based vaccine.  Most recently at Gradalis: GNE Gene Tx for HIBM; TAG, Xenograft TAG and FANGTM Autologous Cancer Vaccines; and bifunctional RNAi therapies.  Involved in design/build or remodel of 10+ cGMP cell and gene therapy manufacturing facilities around globe; invented or co-created new manufacturing systems and processing components.  Co-created an ISO 9000 compliant quality system for a business division in Baxter Healthcare, allowing it to CE Mark and rapidly bring to market new medical devices and components.  47 publications and 9 issued U.S. patents and foreign counterparts.  Significant global experience preparing reg  ulatory submissions and developing productive collaborative international partnerships. 

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Federico Mingozzi, PhD

Federico Mingozzi​, PhD 
INSERM and Genethon

*Tenured Researcher*

What is your current professional status?

Tenured Researcher

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic institution

What is your scientific area of research?

AAV gene therapy and immunology

Why do you want to be a mentor?

I like to help young talents making good career choices and be successful. 

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

Talking to people is always an enriching experience, moreover it will allow me to meet a lot of young talented and driven people.             

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 3
            b. Geographic Location - 2
            c. Professional Status / Success - 2
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 1
            e. Communication Style - 2

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

I have been working in the field of AAV vector mediated in vivo gene transfer for several years, focusing on addressing the main limitations of the approach and in particularly on the host immune responses. I also developed new therapies for inherited diseases based on AAV and participated to the clinical translation of gene therapies. 

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Md Nasimuzzaman, PhD

Md Nasimuzzaman, PhD 
*Faculty member*

What is your current professional status?

Faculty member

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

 Academic

What is your scientific area of research?

Gene therapy for red cell disorder

Why do you want to be a mentor?

Exchange science, build up network, and help juniors.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?     
How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 1
            b. Geographic Location 2
            c. Professional Status / Success - 2 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 3
            e. Communication Style - 5

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

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Shen Shen, PhD

Shen Shen, PhD 
Editas

*Scientist*

What is your current professional status?

Research Scientist

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Biotech/Biopharma

What is your scientific area of research?

Therapeutic Gene Engineering

Why do you want to be a mentor?

To give back to the gene therapy community. 

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

To connect with colleagues in the gene therapy society.    

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 1
            b. Geographic Location - 2
            c. Professional Status / Success - 4 
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 1
            e. Communication Style - 3

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Renata M. Stipecke, PhD

Renata M. Stripecke, PhD
Hannover Medical School
*Associate Professor*

 

What is your current professional status?

Associate Professor

Head of the Lymphatic Cell Therapy Laboratory from the Excellence Cluster REBIRTH

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic Institution

What is your scientific area of research?

 Hematology, Cancer, Chronic Infections, Immunology.

Why do you want to be a mentor?

I have supervised post-docs, pre-docs, master students and medical students and I enjoy doing it.  My teaching activities in our international PhD programs focus on immunology and recombinant vector Systems, which are also main topics of research.  I would like to contribute to “new minds” growing in science. In addition, scientific careers are sometimes not “linear”, and everyone experience some bumps here and there. It was very important for me to have mentors to give me perspectives regarding what was important to reach my academic goals along with a balanced life.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

Networking with PhD students and post-docs in my field for collaborations and maybe recruitments. Internationalization, scientific mobility and career development are important academic topics, which I support.  It is great to keep in touch with the academic generations of the future!

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 1
            b. Geographic Location - 2
            c. Professional Status / Success - 2
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 1
            e. Communication Style - 1

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

I am quite cosmopolitan, as I was born and grew up in Brazil, where I got my BS and MS in Genetics (UNICAMP), then moved to Germany for my PhD in molecular biology (EMBL), then to the US for postdoctoral training and assistant professor positions in gene and immune therapy (USC, UCLA), and finally as an associate professor to Germany (MHH). My expertise is on reprogramming cells of the immune system using recombinant vectors in order to accelerate the immune reconstitution after cancer, transplantation or infections. My main focus is on dendritic cells, due to their central role in orchestration of adaptive cellular and humoral responses. My group developed new technologies to genetically reprogram DC precursors that differentiate into potent DCs. We have expertise with multicistronic lentiviral vectors expressing combinations of cytokines and antigens. This technology was adapted to GMP-compliant production of "individualized" gene modified cell vaccine  for future clinical use (accelerated immune reconstitution after stem cell transplantation). We are developing new modalities of humanized mice to study hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, cancer development and viral infections.

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William Thiel, PhD

William Thiel, PhD
University of Iowa
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Research Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation*

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Nicolas Wein, PhD

Nicolas Wein, PhD
Nationwide Children's Hospital
*Postdoctoral Fellow/Assistant Professor*

What is your current professional status?

Postdoctoral fellowship transitioning to Assistant Professor

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic Institution

What is your scientific area of research?

RNA and DNA editing; Muscular Dystrophy

Why do you want to be a mentor?

To share my recent experience about how to find job in academia or in industry and what are the necessary steps. I spent a lot of time and effort to understand this transitioning process and I would like to share this recent experience with trainees.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

To help young trainees to promote the next generation of scientists, but also to develop future research connections.     

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 3
            b. Geographic Location - 5
            c. Professional Status / Success - 2
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 4
            e. Communication Style - 1

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

My main interests lie in Human Genetics and Gene Therapy. In particular, my research focuses on the pathophysiology and development of therapies for neuromuscular disorders. As a postdoctoral fellow at OSU/Nationwide Children's Hospital and as a graduate student at the University of Aix-Marseille with Dr. Nicolas Levy, I developed a relevant gene transfer and exon-skipping therapies for two neuromuscular disorders and acquired expertise in genome editing via the novel CRISPR/Cas9 system. I am currently a postdoctoral scientist but will be transitioning to an Assistant Professor position this July. My lab will focus on RNA and DNA editing and gene transfer as therapies for neuromuscular disorders, but it will also include more fundamental research on muscle function.

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Andy Wilber, PhD

Andy Wilber, PhD
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
*Junior Investigator*

What is your current professional status?

Assistant Professor

What is your work setting (i.e. academic institution, government organization (i.e. FDA, NIH, etc.), bio-industry/pharmaceutical company, etc.)

Academic Institution

What is your scientific area of research?

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Transfer for Severe Hemoglobin Disorders and Anti-tumor Immunity

Why do you want to be a mentor?

Having recently transitioned from a post-doctoral fellow to Assistant Professor, I hope to use my experience to help associate members of the society do the same. I hope to assist in the development of a CV, biosketch, and research plan toward this goal.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

It would be gratifying to assist at least one associate member of the society in achieving a position in academic research.

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

            a. Compatibility of Scientific Specialties - 1
            b. Geographic Location - 5
            c. Professional Status / Success - 5
            d. Compatibility of Career Path - 1

Summarized in a brief paragraph (150 words or less), please provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

Dr. Wilber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology and Director of the Public Health Laboratory Sciences graduate program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is a member of American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and the American Society for Hematology and serves as an academic editor for PLoS On be and a reviewer for Blood, BMC Biology, Stem Cells and PLoS journals. His research efforts are focused on achieving therapeutic levels of the anti-sickling globin in erythroid cells for the treatment sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia and identifying the role of soble tumor-derived factors on trans-differentiation of natural killer cells.

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