Menon, Roncarolo appointed to endowed professorships

Vinod Menon has been named the Rachael L. and Walter F. Nichols, MD, Professor, and Maria Grazia Roncarolo has been named the George D. Smith Professorship in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.

Vinod Menon

Two Stanford Medicine faculty have recently been named to endowed professorships.

Vinod Menon, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of neurology and neurological sciences, was appointed the Rachael L. and Walter F. Nichols, MD, Professor, effective June 12. The professorship was established by Rachael L. and Walters F. Nichols, ’37, MD ’43, of Pasadena, Calif. 

Menon’s lab uses advanced imaging and computational techniques to investigate the functional and structural architecture of cognitive networks in the human brain. His lab also investigates how disruptions in specific brain circuits impact behavior, cognition, emotion and learning in individuals with neurodevelopmental, psychiatric and neurological disorders. Menon is director of the Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory.

The Nichols family has long supported the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. In 1989, the couple created the Walter F. and Rachael L. Nichols Fund, at the School of Medicine, to encourages efforts to increase understanding, improve treatment, cure, or prevent schizophrenia and other related disorders. 

Maria Grazia Roncarolo

Maria Grazia Roncarolo, MD, professor of pediatrics and of medicine and chief of the Division of Pediatric Translational and Regenerative Medicine, was appointed the George D. Smith Professorship in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, effective June 12.

Roncarolo joined the Stanford faculty in June and will lead efforts to translate scientific discoveries in regenerative medicine into novel patient therapies, including treatments based on stem cells and gene therapy. She also serves as co-director of  Stanford’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

The professorship was established with a gift from the George D. Smith Fund and is intended for a faculty member in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. It is the third professorship established at Stanford by the fund.



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