Hans C. Clevers, MD, PhD
Professor of Molecular Genetics, Hubrecht Institute/University Medical Centre Utrecht and President Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Hans C. Clevers obtained his obtained his MD degree in 1984 and his PhD degree in 1985 from the University Utrecht, the Netherlands. His postdoctoral work (1986-1989) was done with Cox Terhorst at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of the Harvard University, Boston, USA. Nathalie Le Bot, PhD
From 1991-2002 Hans Clevers was Professor in Immunology at the University Utrecht and, since 2002, Professor in Molecular Genetics. From 2002-2012 he was director of the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht. Since 2012 he is President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Hans Clevers has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2000, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2012 and a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA since 2014. Hans Clevers was elected to the ISSCR Board of Directors in 2010 and re-appointed for a second term in 2013. During this time he has served on the ISSCR Awards, Finance and Annual Meeting Program committees. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Dutch Spinoza Award in 2001, the Swiss Louis Jeantet Prize in 2004, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Katharine Berkan Judd Award in 2005, the Israeli Rabbi Shai Shacknai Memorial Prize in 2006, the Dutch Josephine Nefkens Prize for Cancer Research and the German Meyenburg Cancer Research Award in 2008, the Dutch Cancer Society Award in 2009, the United European Gastroenterology Federation (UEGF) Research Prize in 2010, the German Ernst Jung-Preis für Medizin in 2011, the French Association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer (ARC) Léopold Griffuel Prize and the Heineken Prize in 2012 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2013. He obtained an ERC Advanced Investigator grant in 2008. He is Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur since 2005, Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion since 2012 and is the co-recipient of the 2015 ISSCR McEwen Award for Innovation.
Senior Editor, Nature
Nathalie Le Bot, PhD is the stem cell and development editor at Nature. Dr. Le Bot joined the Nature editorial team in August 2014, after eight years as an editor at Nature Cell Biology, where she also had responsibility for papers in the field of developmental biology.
Dr. Le Bot studied molecular and cell biology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Ulm, Paris. After working for one year in the laboratory of Sir Paul Nurse in London, she joined the EMBL graduate programme in Heidelberg in 1995. At EMBL, under the supervision of Eric Karsenti and Isabelle Vernos, she studied the role of microtubules associated motor proteins in trafficking and cell division. After her PhD, she carried out post-doctoral work at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge in the laboratory of Julie Ahringer, funded by an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellowship. There she analysed early events of the development of C. elegans embryos and participated in one of the first genome-wide RNAi screens. After twelve years at the bench, she joined Nature Publishing Group in 2006.
Christine Mummery, PhD
Professor of Developmental Biology and chair of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at Leiden University Medical Center and Editor-in-Chief of the ISSCR journal Stem Cell Reports
Christine Mummery, PhD, is Professor of Developmental Biology and chair of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at Leiden University Medical Center and Editor-in-Chief of the ISSCR journal Stem Cell Reports. She pioneered studies characterizing cardiomyocytes from human embryonic stem (ES) cells and was among the first to inject them in mouse heart and assess their effect on myocardial infarction. Her current research focuses on heart development and the differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) and ES cells into the cardiac and vascular lineages. The immediate interest of her lab is on using stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes and vascular cells as disease models for drug discovery and future cardiac repair.
Christine Mummery studied physics and has a PhD in biophysics from the University of London. She received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Royal Society (UK) for research at the Hubrecht Institute, where she became group leader, and, in 2002, Professor of Developmental Biology. In 2007, she spent sabbatical leave at Harvard University as a joint Harvard Stem Cell Institute/Radcliffe fellow. In 2008, Dr Mummery moved with her group to her current position at Leiden University Medical Centre as Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology.
Dr. Mummery is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW) and elected board member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), and past president of the International Society of Differentiation. She is the founding Editor in Chief of the ISSCR journal Stem Cell Reports, launched in 2012 and published by Cell press. In addition she is on the boards of the KNAW and the Netherlands Medical Research Council (ZonMW). She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of several stem cell institutes and EU research programs and has written a popular book on stem cells, “Stem Cells: Scientific Facts and Fiction” (2011; 2nd edition 2014), intended as a semi-lay guide to stem cell biology and applications.
Deborah Sweet, PhD
Publishing Director, Cell Press and Editor-in-Chief, Cell Stem Cell
Deborah Sweet, PhD is Publishing Director at Cell Press and Editor-in-Chief of Cell Stem Cell. Dr. Sweet earned her BA from the University of Cambridge, UK, and her PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, also in Cambridge, then carried out postdoctoral work at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, USA. She began her publishing career in 1996 as the Editor of Trends in Cell Biology and then joined Cell Press in 1999, where at various times she held scientific editorial positions on Cell, Molecular Cell, and Developmental Cell. She was the Editor of Developmental Cell from 2004-2011, and was the launch Editor for Cell Stem Cell in 2007. In 2011 Dr. Sweet became one of the Cell Press Publishing Directors and now as part of the senior management team oversees a group of 5 research journals and 4 Trends review journals.
Andrea Ditadi, PhD
McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine
ISSCR Junior Investigators Committee
Andrea Ditadi obtained his Degree in Medical Biotechnologies at the University of Padua (Italy) in 2004. He then moved to Paris for his PhD studies in Developmental Molecular and Cell Biology at University Réné Déscartes – Paris V, under the supervision of Pr. Marina Cavazzana-Calvo, working at Biotherapy Department of Groupe Hospitalier Necker – Enfants Malades. After completing his PhD in 2008, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Gordon Keller at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine (UHN) in Toronto in 2009 as a postdoctoral fellow where he focuses in modeling human hematopoietic development through directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells.