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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Guy Klamer, PhD

Sydney Cord Blood Bank
Sydney, Australia


Alireza Abazari, MSc, PhD
Lyell Immunopharma
Seattle, WA, United States

Ala Altaie, PhD
University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom

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

Kevin Bosse, PhD, RAC
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH, United States

Rachel Burga, PhD
Obsidian Therapeutics
Boston, MA, United States

Elana Cooper, BSE
Georgia Tech/Emory University
Atlanta, GA, United States

Rounak Dubey, MBBS, MD
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Raipur, India 

Nisha Durand, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL, United States

Thorsten Friedel, PhD
London, United Kingdom

Jordan Greenberg, PhD
Miami, FL, United States

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

Alex Klarer, BS
New Jersey Innovation Institute
Allendale, NJ, United States

Mirja Krause, PhD
Hudson Institute for Medical Research
Melbourne, Australia

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

Qasim Rafiq, CEng, CSci, FHEA, MIChemE
University College London
London, United Kingdom

Sudheendra Rao, MBBS, PhD
ONNSA Research Innovation
Bangalore, India

Giorgia Scapin, PhD
Nation Wide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH, United States

Dhvanit Shah, PharmD, PhD
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, OH, United States

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

Ben Weil, EngD
Royal Free Hospital
Hampstead, United Kingdom

Nan Zhang, PhD
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC, United States

Shiraz Ziya, PhD
Sartorius Stedim Biotech
United Kingdom

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