Early Stage Professionals Committee (ESP)


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 & 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

The Committee

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Emily Hopewell, PhD

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Kevin Bosse, PhD RAC

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH, United States


Mahzad Akbarpour, PhD
The University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL, United States

Alejandro Barquero, MPharm, MSc
Leitat Regenerative Medicine
Barcelona, Spain

Shashwati Basak, PhD
Independent Consultant, Freelancer
Bangalore, India

Anna Boada, MD
Universitat d’Andorra
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra

Rachel Burga, PhD
Co-Chair Elect
Obsidian Therapeutics
Cambridge, MA, United States

Frances Compton, MD
Carter BloodCare
Bedford, TX, United States

Elana Cooper, BSE
Georgia Tech and Emory School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA, United States

Pedro Couto, MEng
University College London
London, United Kingdom

Lizbeth Díaz Polo, MD
Bristol Myers Squibb
Barcelona, Spain

Nisha Durand, PhD
Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL, United States

Jordan Greenberg, PhD
Shoreline Biosciences
San Diega, CA, United States

Gloria Kim, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Desher, PA, United States

Guy Klamer, PhD
Sydney Cord Blood Bank
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Ibrahim Muhsen, MBBS
Houston Methodist Hospital/Weill Cornell College of Medicine
Houston, TX, United States

Peretz Partensky, MPhil, PhD
Oakland, CA, United States

Shabnum Patel, PhD
Stanford Center for Cancer Cell Therapy
Stanford, CA, United States

Madison Paton, PhD
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Virginia Picanco-Castro, PhD
University of Sao Paolo
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Sudheendra Rao, MBBS, PhD
Bangalore, India

Jessica Sue, MSc, MHSM
Sydney Cord Blood Bank
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Aaron Tze Kai Tan
Stanford Medicine
Stanford, CA, United States

Anant Vatsayan, MBBS, MD
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC, United States

Ben Weil, EngD
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
London, United Kingdom

Shiraz Ziya, PhD
Liverpool, United Kingdom

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ESP Committee Member Call for Applications Now Open

The ISCT Early Stage Professionals (ESP) Committee is Recruiting New Members!
Application Deadline: July 29, 2022

Learn More & Apply

Connect With Us

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

Applications Closed

Applicants for the 2022 intake will be notified by January 24
The ESP Leadership Development Program offers Early Stage Professionals (ESPs) a chance to join an ISCT Committee in a formal ESP position for a 2-year term.

The next program intake will take place for 2023. In the meantime, applications to the Regional ESP Subcommittees remain open, we encourage you to submit a CV and Statement of Interest to to apply for your region!

Prepare for Next Year with Committee Position Statements from 2022!