Leadership

Senior Leaders

Stan Gerson, MD
Director

Dr. Gerson is a physician-scientist with an exemplary career devoted to clinical research and education. He is founding director of the National Center of Regenerative Medicine, director of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and most recently, Interim Dean for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has distinguished himself in a number of realms, including his research in DNA repair and stem cell therapy, which has resulted in numerous publications and patents. Three of his discoveries are in clinical trials as new cancer therapies, and his research has generated 12 patents in the area of gene therapy and cancer drug development that have been licensed to three companies.

Timothy A. Chan, MD, PhD
Co-Director

Dr. Chan is an internationally recognized expert in precision immuno-oncology and a pioneer in using genomics to determine patient response and resistance to immunotherapy. Dr. Chan, who joined the NCRM leadership team in early 2020, is also Chair and Founding Director of the Center for Immunotherapy and Precision Immuno-Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic.

Lan Zhou, MD, PhD
Scientific Director, Cellular Therapy Integrated Services

Dr. Zhou is a physician-scientist who has over 15 years of experience in integrated basic and translational research with a focus on hematopoietic stem cell regeneration and cancer immunobiology. Dr. Zhou is also a board-certified clinical pathologist with extensive experience in transfusion medicine and molecular pathology and has served as the medical director of the molecular diagnostic laboratory for more than 12 years. 

Jane Reese Koc, MBA
Cellular Therapy Operations and Quality Director

Ms. Reese Koc has over 20 years of experience performing pre-clinical cellular therapy studies and transfer of technologies from pre-clinical to the clinic. She oversees the operational aspects of all clinical cellular processing and manufacturing at the NCRM. 


Board of Governors

Gil Van Bokkelen, PhD
Chairman, NCRM Board of Governors 
President and CEO Athersys, Inc.

Ben Vinson III
Provost and Executive Vice President, Case Western Reserve University

Serpil Erzurum, PhD
Chairman, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Dan I. Simon, MD
President, UH Cleveland Medical Center
Chief Academic Officer, University Hospitals


Executive Committee

Linda Graham, MD
Staff, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic

John Harrington, PhD
Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Athersys, Inc.

Chandan K. Sen, PhD
Associate Vice President of Research, Indiana University

Brent Toto, MHA
Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering