Inaugural MCHRI Symposium, November 16


Keynote Speaker

Sean J. Morrison, PhD
Keynote Address: Stem Cell Niches in the Bone Marrow

Dr. Sean J. Morrison is the director of the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern, the Mary McDermott Cook Chair in Pediatric Genetics, the Kathryne and Gene Bishop Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. His laboratory at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute studies the mechanisms that regulate stem cell function in adult tissues and the ways in which those mechanisms get hijacked by cancer cells to enable tumor formation.

Opening Introductions

Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE
Director, Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute; Chair of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Physician-In-Chief, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Cynthia J. Brandt, PhD
President and CEO, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

Lloyd B. Minor, MD
Dean, Stanford School of Medicine; Professor of Otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery)

Anthony Oro, MD, PhD
Co-Director, Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute; Professor of Dermatology

Session Speakers

Session 1: CHRI Faculty Scholars Program

Harvey J. Cohen, MD, PhD - Moderator
Professor,  Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology)

Marius Wernig, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology and, by courtesy, of Chemical & Systems Biology, and of Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Catherine Blish, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Session 2: CHRI Partners Program

Mark R. Cullen, MD
Professor, Medicine (Primary Care & Population Health), Biomedical Data Science, and Health Research & Policy

Rosa Bacchetta, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Clea Sarnquist, DrPH, MPH
Senior Research Scholar, Global Child Health

Julie Parsonnet, MD
Professor, Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of  Health Research & Policy

Ravindra Majeti, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine (Hematology)

Session 3: Early Career Investigators and Trainees

Daniel Bernstein, MD
Professor, Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Natalia Gomez-Ospina, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Medical Genetics)

Melissa Mavers, MD, PhD
Instructor, Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation)

Margot Bowen, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Radiation Oncology


Alexander Brown, PhD
Research Scientist, Dermatology

Daniel Dever, PhD
Instructor, Pediatrics

Scott Fleming
Graduate Student, Medicine, Center for Biomedical Informatics Research

Bereketeab Haileselassie, MD
Instructor, Pediatrics

Session 4: CHRI Faculty Pilot Grant & Transdisciplinary Initiative Program

Leslee L. Subak, MD
Professor and Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Joachim Hallmayer, MD, Dr. Med
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Cristina M. Alvira, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Calvin Kuo, MD, PhD
Professor, Medicine (Hematology)

John W. Day, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences