Meet Our Team

Our faculty and students work individually, and within professor-led laboratories, to research and promote the use of stem cells in a variety of academic and real-world applications. Below is a list of our faculty, and the student labs they lead (if applicable). 



Ivor J. Benjamin, MD, FAHA, FACC

Center Director, Professor


Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD

Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology); Secondary Faculty in Physiology

(414) 995-5687


Lisa Ann Cirillo, PhD

Associate Professor; Assistant Dean for Basic Science Curriculum

(414) 955-4694


Rebekah Gundry, PhD

Professor & Vice Chair, Cellular & Integrative Physiology, University of Nebraska; Adjunct Professor

(402) 559-4426


Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

(414) 937-3896

Postdoctoral Fellows / Graduate Students / Research Staff

Bai Lab
Xiaowen Bai, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor
Sarah Logan - Graduate Student (Physiology)
Thiago Arzua - Graduate Student (NDP)

Battle Lab
Michele Battle, PhD
Bridget Kohlnhofer - Graduate Student (IDP)
Cayla Thompson - Graduate Student (IDP)

Bosnjak Lab
Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD
Scott Canfield - Graduate Student
Chika Kikuchi, MD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Jessica Olson - Graduate Student
Danielle Twaroski - Graduate Student
Bassam Wakim, PhD - Research Scientist
Ivan Zaja, MD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Cirillo Lab
Lisa Cirillo, PhD
Karen Hansen - Graduate Student (MSTP)
Josh Nord - Graduate Student (IDP)

Ebert Lab
Allison Ebert, PhD
Teresa Patitucci - Graduate Student (IDP)
Andrew Schwab -Graduate Student (IDP)

Geurts Lab
Aron Geurts, PhD
Molly Corbett - Research Technologist I
Brad Endres - Graduate Student
Mike Grzybowski - Research Associate II
Jason Klotz - Research Technologist II
Jocelyn Miller - Research Technologist I

Gundry Lab
Rebekah Gundry, PhD
Subarna Bhattacharya - Graduate Student (IDP)
Sandy Chuppa - Research Associate
Olena Wiedemeier - Graduate Student (IDP)

Link Lab
Brian Link, PhD
Ross Collery, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Mike Flinn - Graduate Student (IDP)

Lough Lab
John Lough, PhD
Min-Su Kim, PhD - Research Scientist II

Misra Lab
Ravi Misra, PhD
Mary Holtz - Research Associate
Kurt Kolander - Graduate Student (IDP)

Patterson Lab
Michaela Patterson, PhD
Parker Foster, Research Associate I

Ramchandran Lab
Ramani Ramchandran, PhD
Anil Challa, PhD - Post-doctoral Fellow
Chang Zoon Chun, PhD - Research Scientist I
Stephanie Cossette, PhD - Post-doctoral Fellow
Chris Koceja - Research Technician II
Noah Leigh - Research Associate I
Keguo Li, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Vakeel Padmanabhan, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Michelle Ranic - Research Technician I
Adam Sabel - Research Technician I
Marcus Schupp, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow
Ling Wang, MD, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Rao Lab
Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD
Jeremy Allred - Medical Student
Sam Milanovich - Research Fellow
Kirthi Pulakanti - Computational Biologist
Cary Stelloh - Research Technician

Sood Lab
Rashmi Sood, PhD
Jianzhang An, MD - Research Associate
Michelle Bordas - Research Technologist
Arumugam Vidhyalakshmi, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow