Our Team


Darrell Kotton, MD

David C. Seldin Professor of Medicine

Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine

Principal Investigator (PI)

View CV 2022

short biography: about the PI

Laboratory Staff

Leighann Sullivan, Ph.D.
Laboratory Manager


Cornell University, B.S. in Biology

Rice University, Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

ls36 at bu.edu

Payel Basak, M.B.B.S.

Research Fellow

Education: College of Medicine & JNM Hospital. West Bengal, India

payelb at bu.edu

Jill Patel

Laboratory Technician

Education: University of Rhode Island, B.S. Biological Sciences

pateljr at bu.edu

Marcus Vorpahl

Laboratory Technician

Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst B.S. Biomedical Engineering


Post-Doctoral Fellows

Alexander M. Holtz, M.D., Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow


M.D., University of Michigan

Ph.D., University of Michigan​

Research interests: Generating hiPSC-derived lung-specific

endothelial cells for disease modeling and cell-based therapies.

aholtz at bu.edu

Michael Herriges, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Regulation of lung progenitor fates during development and after lung epithelial injuries.

herriges at bu.edu

Andrea Alber, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Education: PhD, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Research Interests: In vitro differentiation of iPSCs towards the lung mesenchymal lineage to study lung mesenchyme development and disease

aalber at bu.edu

Hirofumi Kiyokawa, MD, PhD

Post-Doctoral Associate

Education: MD, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

PhD, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms regulating cellular identity, plasticity and carcinogenesis of airway basal stem cells

hirofumi at bu.edu


Graduate Students

Erin Hennessey

PhD student, Program in Biomedical Sciences

Education: College of William & Mary – BS in Biology and Chemistry
Research interests: Pathogenesis of and treatments for ABCA3-associated childhood interstitial lung disease (chILD)
erinhenn at bu.edu
Kevin H Chen

MD/PhD Student, Program in Molecular and Translational Medicine 

Education: Columbia University – BA in Biochemistry

Research Interests: Developing cell therapies for chronic allograft dysfunction

kchenh at bu.edu 

Lauren Ayers
PhD student, Program in Biomedical Sciences

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology – B.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering

Research Interests: In progress

ljayers at bu.edu 


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