Our Team

Opened since May 2014, there are open positions for enthusiastic and creative graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and technicians. Please contact us for more information.

Principle Investigator:

Robert Schwartz, M.D./Ph.D

Dr. Schwartz completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His thesis work was under the guidance of Dr. Catherine Verfaille and Dr. Wei Shou Hu on the derivation of stem cell derived hepatocytes and in vitro liver model systems. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes Jewish Hospital. 

His fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology with a focus on hepatology was completed at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He did a postdoc at MIT in the laboratory of Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia. His research continued to focus on the development of stem cell derived hepatocytes as a model system to study human liver disease and for clinical therapy. In his own lab at Weill Cornell Medical College he has continued to focus his work on the clinical translation and research applications of stem cell derived hepatocytes and primary human hepatocytes.

In recognition of his work, he was an University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, an AGA Research Scholar, a UEG Rising Scholar, and a Bohmfalk Clinical Scholar. His work has been highlighted in Nature Methods, the Journal for Clinical Investigation, and Disease Models and Mechanisms and was featured on the cover of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. 



Yaron Bram, Ph.D

Joined January 2015

Dr. Bram completed his Ph.D. at Tel Aviv University, focusing on the initial self-assembly events that occur during the aggregation process of islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), often observed in the pancreas of type 2 diabetes patients. He holds a patented method for diabetes treatment, and was the recipient of the Constantiner Fellowship in 2007, as well as the Miriam and Aaron Gutwirth Scholarship for research excellence in 2010.

His current research goal as a Postdoctoral fellow is to utilize induced pluripotent stem (iPSC) platforms as an ex-vivo model system for studying human hepatotropic infectious diseases.


Research Technician & Lab Manager

Jiwoon Park

Joined August 2015

Jiwoon is a junior undergraduate student majoring in chemical engineering and minoring biomedical engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She joined Schwartz lab in 2015. Previously she researched about de novo DNA synthesis using Terminal Deoxynucleotidyl Transferase and won a gold medal in iGEM 2014. Outside of lab she enjoys walking around the city and playing violin.


Post-Doc, co-advised by Dr. Shahin Rafii

Duc-Huy Nguyen, Ph.D.

Joined August 2016

Dr. Nguyen completed his PhD at University of Pennsylvania in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with Dr. Christopher Chen. During his PhD, he applied his engineering expertise to develop a biomimetic microfluidic platform to reconstitute angiogenesis in vitro and investigate the role of cytoskeletal Cdc42 protein in angiogenic morphogenesis. He also developed a model of vascular invasion in pancreatic cancer to elucidate the cellular interactions between pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and blood vessels during cancer metastasis.

His current research is to engineer microfluidic platforms in combination with induced pluripotent stem cell technology to study the cellular communications within the liver tissue during both developmental and disease conditions.

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