Early Stage Professionals Committee


The Early Stage Professionals Committee strives to:

  • Promote regional and global interaction and networking  for early stage professionals (within 10 years of terminal degree or entry into the field of cell therapy) and to establish future leaders for ISCT.

Projects and Objectives

  • Increase the number of early stage professionals in ISCT across all regions
  • Increase the engagement of early career stage individuals to become ISCT members
  • Provide networking opportunities for early stage professionals within ISCT
  • Increase abstract and manuscript submissions from ESPs
  • Foster ISCT loyalty and long-term membership retention
  • Provide resources, career guidance, and support for early stage professionals to help ensure their success
  • Secure corporate funding for the activities of the ESP subgroup



Committee Chairs:

George Hucks, MD
University of North Carolina Hospitals
Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Fernanda Masri, PhD, MSc, BEng 
Sartorius Stedim Biotech
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 

Committee Members:


Alireza Abazari, MSc, PhD
BioLife Solutions
Seattle, WA, United States

Shiraz Ziya, MSc
Keele University/Loughborough University
United Kingdom 

Satyam Arora, MD
Super Specialty Paediatrics Hospital and Post Graduate Teaching Institute
Noida, India

Andrew Fesnak, MD
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, United States

Kate Fynes, PhD
London, United Kingdom

Kirsten Williams, MD
Children's Research Institute/The George Washington University
Washington, DC, United States

Thorsten Friedel, PhD
London, United Kingdom

Emily Hopewell, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN, United States

Melissa Lin, PhD
ASTAR Singapore

Guy Klamer, PhD
Sydney Cord Blood Bank and Sydney Children's Hospital
Sydney, Australia

Yijia Li, PhD
Shunxia Regenerative Medicine Network

Yonatan Lipsitz
Rubius Therapeutics
Boston, MA, United States

Beth Stenger, MD, MSc
Emory University School of Medicine/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA, United States

Amanda Vernon, PhD
University College London
London, United Kingdom

Ben Weil, EngD
Royal Free Hospital
Hampstead, United Kingdom

For more information on the ISCT ESP Committee, join their LinkedIn Group. 

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