Amritha Jaishankar, PhD
Dr. Jaishankar is the Associate Director of the MD Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF). In this role, Amritha is responsible for MSCRF business development, scientific management and oversight of portfolio. She works with stem cell scientists across Maryland to develop a collaborative research program and promote commercialization of stem cell technologies. MSCRF has invested over $147million in identifying, supporting and accelerating cutting-edge research, innovation, clinical trials and commercialization of human stem cell-based technologies in Maryland.
Amritha brings over 10 years of experience in stem cell research in federal, university, and industry settings. She has an MS in molecular genetics from the University of Leicester, UK; a PhD in genetics from Penn State University, and commenced her postdoctoral training as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Prior to joining the stem cell program, she was a scientist and founding member of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, developing cures for schizophrenia and other neurodevelopmental disorders in partnership with AstraZeneca. She is passionate about using stem cell technologies to accelerate cures for patients in need.