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Anderson named executive director,
Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center

Dear colleagues,

It is a privilege to announce that Aileen J. Anderson, PhD, has been named executive director of the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center.

Dr. Anderson is a founding member of the center and served as interim executive director upon the retirement last summer of Sidney H. Golub, PhD. In addition, she is director of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation Spinal Cord Injury Research Core Facility and is a part of the CDRF International Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury. Anderson is a professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation in the UCI School of Medicine. She received her PhD, in biology and neurobiology from UCI. She joined our faculty in 2001 after holding post-doctoral positions at UCI and Harvard.

An NIH- and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine-funded researcher, Dr. Anderson’s scientific focus is the role of inflammatory mechanisms in degeneration and regeneration in the injured central nervous system. Along with her collaborator, Brian Cummings, she has made numerous breakthroughs on stem-cell based research for spinal cord injury.

Dr. Anderson has received nearly $3 million in CIRM funding and in December 2017, her team received $1.6 million from CIRM to create a new line of neural stem cells that can be used to treat cervical spinal cord injury.

The efforts of Dr. Anderson and her colleagues have established the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center among the worldwide leaders in stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Their work reflects our dedication to advancing individual and population health through innovation and discovery.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Anderson on her role.


Alan L. Goldin, MD, PhD
Interim Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs