About Us

Stem Cell Program Executive CommitteeDr. Laurie Jackson-Grusby, Dr. Jordan Kreidberg, Dr. Joyce Bischoff, Dr. Leonard Zon, Dr. Louis Kunkel, and Dr. Xi He.

The Stem Cell Program Executive Committee provides consultation on issues ranging from community education and outreach through review of policies and procedures for stem cell research. Each member brings significant experience and expertise to the mission of the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Joyce Bischoff, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Joyce Bischoff received her PhD in biochemistry from Washington University School of Medicine and trained as a postdoctoral fellow in cell and molecular biology at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. She joined the Surgical Research Laboratory, now the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, in 1990. The central theme of her laboratory is the role of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) and endothelial plasticity in angiogenic diseases and in the normal repair of the vasculature in vascular tumors, and, conversely, in normal repair of the vasculature.

Emanuela Gussoni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Genomics
Emanuela Gussoni received her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of Milan, Italy. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, evaluating the expression of dystrophin and donor cell survival in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients transplanted with primary muscle cells. She moved to Boston Children’s Hospital for her second postdoctoral fellowship training, where she studied the ability of muscle and bone marrow stem cells to engraft into muscle fibers of mice with muscular dystrophy following systemic delivery. She established her own laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1999 in the Division of Genetics and Genomics. Her laboratory focuses on stem cells in human and mouse skeletal muscle and the key regulators that drive differentiation of these progenitors into specialized cells.

Xi He, PhD
Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology

Xi He received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He is a Chang Jiang Guest Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. He is a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, Klingenstein Fellow in Neuroscience, and a Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholar in Medical Research. Dr. He’s lab focuses on the study of Wnt signaling in development, cancer and stem cell biology.

Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Nephrology

Dr. Jordan Kreidberg received his MD and PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Boston Children’s Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute. Dr. Kreidberg’s principal research goal is to understand the genetic mechanisms of organogenesis, with a focus on the urogenital system.

Louis Kunkel, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Genomics Program

Dr. Louis Kunkel directs the Genetics Division at Children’s Hospital. He received his PhD in Biology from Johns Hopkins University and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco, and at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr, Kunkel’s principal research focus is on understanding the basis for muscular dystrophies.