Dr. Amritha Jaishankar manages the MSCRF active award portfolio, on behalf of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission and TEDCO. In this role, she is responsible for scientific management and oversight of all MSCRF supported research. She interacts with stem cell scientists across Maryland to develop a collaborative research program and promote commercialization of stem cell technologies. Dr. Jaishankar brings over 10 years of experience in stem cell research in federal, university, and industry settings. She has over a decade of expertise in human pluripotent and adult stem cell biology and their use in exploratory research, patient-specific disease modeling and assay development for pharmaceutical applications, and is passionate about using stem cell technologies to accelerate cures for patients in need.