The ISSCR joins the stem cell community in expressing sadness at the passing of Ihor Lemischka, PhD, Professor of Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at the Icahn School of Medicine.
Lemischka was internationally recognized for his research focusing on hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), specifically working to define the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control cell fate.
Former ISSCR president George Q. Daley remembers Lemischka as “a seminal contributor to understanding hematopoietic and pluripotent stem cells; his pioneering work on characterization of and gene transfer into HSCs helped pave the way for modern gene therapy.” Daley noted that Lemischka will be remembered for his rigorous science and his dry wit.
“Ihor was an advocate for stem cell research and regenerative medicine, and a respected leader in the field,” said ISSCR CEO Nancy Witty. “His many contributions to the ISSCR have been appreciated by our members around the world,” she said.
Lemischka served on the ISSCR board of directors from 2006-2012, and as program chair for the 2008 annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Kateri Moore, his friends, and his colleagues at this time.