The Stadtfeld laboratory

Matthias Stadtfeld - Principal Investigator


Matthias studied biology at the Universities of Osnabrück and Heidelberg, Germany, before obtaining his PhD for studies on developmental hematopoiesis he conducted with Thomas Graf at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. His postgraduate research with Konrad Hochedlinger at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Boston addressed basic questions underlying the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells. He joined the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in April 2019. 

Bhishma Amlani - Postdoctoral Fellow


Bhish read for a BSc in Microbiology in his hometown of Guildford at the University of Surrey, England. During this time, he spent a year carrying out research with Arleen Rifkind at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he returned to the Upper East Side to carry out his doctoral research with Robert Benezra at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In April 2013, he took the 6 train downtown to join the Stadtfeld Lab where he works on mechanisms of pluripotency and reprogramming.


Taotao Chen - NYSTEM Postdoctoral Fellow


Taotao obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Fudan  Universityiin Shanghai, China. After he graduated in 2006, he joined  the  lab of Gang Pei at the Shanghai Institutes of Biological Sciences as a graduate student and did research on cell reprogramming. In 2012

he obtained his Doctor's degree and joined the Stadtfeld Lab  to do his postdoc research. His current project is to generate hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells in vitro from pluripotent  stem cells.

Emily SwanzeyGraduate Student


Emily obtained her bachelors degree in biology from Lewis and  Clark College in 2010. After graduating, she worked in the lab of Molly  Kulesz-Martin at Oregon Health and Science University studying the role  of NFkB in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Her interest in stem cell biology  led her to New York in 2012 to join the Stadtfeld lab as a research associate. After some years, she decided that bench research is her thing and entered the Sackler PhD program at NYU. Since March 2015 she is a graduate student in the lab, where she looks for regulators of genomic imprinting. 



Vanguel Trapkov - Graduate Student (AHA predoctoral fellow)


Vanguel obtained his Bachelors and Masters degree in Genetics from the University of Paris 7. During his studies he worked in labs at the University of Cambridge (David Summers) and the Fred Hutch Cancer Center (Robert Eisenman). He did his Masters thesis on the genetics of sex development under the direction of Anu Bashamboo and Kenneth McElreavey at the Pasteur Institute. Vanguel joined the Stadtfeld lab in June 2012 and is currently studying the genetic requirements of blood stem cell development.

Simon Vidal - Graduate Student (NYSTEM predoctoral fellow)


Simón received his bachelor in Biochemistry for developing strategies to inhibit the Andes Hantavirus fusion process under the supervision of Nicole Tischler at the Fundacion Ciencia para la Vida, Santiago Chile. After graduation, Simón worked as lab manager in the group of Hana El-Samad at UCSF where he used yeast genetics to study crosstalk inhibition between cellular pathways.  During this time Simón became interested in stem cells and decided to join the NYU Sackler PhD program. He joined the Stadtfeld lab in August of 2012 and is trying to understand the molecular mechanism of cellular reprogramming.

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