The CRM Early Career Executive Council (ECEC) consists of early career leaders in the field of regenerative medicine that are appointed on a yearly basis, with potential for renewal for up to 3-years. Council members include graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff that are currently appointed in CRM labs. ECEC members are provided with an honorarium at the end of each year.

Goals of the ECEC are set in collaboration with the Directors and Staff of the CRM and may include the following:

  • Advise the Directors of the CRM on the needs of the in-training members of the Center
  • Design and lead the implementation of yearly CRM networking and training events
  • Contribute to and inform center communications including newsletters, social media, and outreach

Interested in joining the ECEC? Find more information here about how to apply.

Tayyab Adil, PhD

Tayyab Adil, PhD

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Chair; CRM DPS Class of 2024

Dr. Adil is a postdoctoral fellow in the Morris Lab. He joined the CRM ECEC as Chair in 2023. Tayyab’s research is focused on dissecting the mechanisms of cellular reprogramming with an aim to advance therapeutically beneficial cell types.

Garrett Easson

Garrett Easson

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Member

Garrett is a current postdoctoral fellow in the Wagenseil lab. He joined the CRM ECEC in 2023. His thesis research is focused on the mechanisms of intervertebral disc mechanical transduction to better understand the development of low back pain.

Matthew Ishahak, PhD

Matthew Ishahak, PhD

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Member; CRM DPS Class of 2024

Dr. Ishahak is a postdoctoral fellow in the Millman Lab. He joined the CRM ECEC in 2023. Matt’s research is focused on engineering stem cell-derived organoid model systems to study human development and pathophysiology.

Renuka Khatik, PhD

Renuka Khatik, PhD

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Member

Dr. Khatik is a postdoctoral fellow in the Sharma Lab. She joined the CRM ECEC as co-chair in 2023 and continues as a member in 2024. Renuka’s research is focused on engineering of nano-drug delivery systems.

Clara Kim

Clara Kim

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Member; Undergraduate Assistant

Clara is the CRM Undergraduate Assisant and oversees communications and newsletters. She joined the CRM ECEC in 2024 and also works in the Scheller Lab to study mechanisms of bone and fat catabolism in settings of cachexia.

Marlie Maestas

Marlie Maestas

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Member

Marlie is a graduate student in the Millman lab. Her research focuses on leveraging stem cell technology to improve treatment for diabetes.

Brittany Meyer, MSc

Brittany Meyer, MSc

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Member

Ms. Meyer is a research technician II in the Theunissen Lab. She joined the CRM ECEC in 2023. She is interested in researching stem cells and their applications in disease therapy and regenerative medicine.

Sara Pietroforte, PhD

Sara Pietroforte, PhD

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Co-Chair

Dr. Pietroforte is a postdoctoral fellow in the Agargant i Riera Lab. She joined the CRM ECEC as co-Chair in 2024. Sara’s research is focused on the study of intrinsic and extrinsic factors that modulate oocyte quality in normal conditions and elucidate their changes with aging.

Samia Saleem

Samia Saleem

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Member

Samia is a research technician in the Scheller Lab. She joined the CRM ECEC in 2024. She is interested in developing spatial transcriptomics techniques for skeletal tissues.

Adrienne Scott, PhD

Adrienne Scott, PhD

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Member; T32 Fellow; CRM DPS Class of 2024

Dr. Scott is a postdoctoral fellow in the Oyen Lab. His research is focused on vascular remodelling of the placenta in Fetal Growth Restriction pregnancies and developing models to predict microvascular changes from low resolution ultrasound imaging.

Sadie M VanHorn

Sadie M VanHorn

CRM Early Career Executive Council, Member

Sadie is a graduate student in the Morris Lab. She joined the CRM ECEC in 2023. Her research focuses on developing methods to track cellular history in reprogramming models and intestinal organoids to probe the relationships between stem cell, progenitor, and terminally differentiated cell populations.

Alumni

  1. Dana Shaw, PhD (Mokalled Lab) – 2023
  2. Renuka Khatik, PhD (Sharma Lab) – 2023
  3. Mohamed Hassan, PhD (Scheller Lab) – 2023