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Story C. Landis, Ph.D.

Chair, NIH Stem Cell Task Force
Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Dr. Landis's biography page is available from NINDS.

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James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Vice Chair, NIH Stem Cell Task Force
Director, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

James F. Battey earned a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. Following residency training in pediatrics at Stanford he received postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School under the direction of Philip Leder. Dr. Battey came to NIH in 1983 as a Senior Staff Fellow and then Senior Investigator with NCI. In 1988 he moved to the NINDS as Chief of the Molecular Neuroscience Section and in 1992 returned to NCI to head the Molecular Structure Section of the Laboratory of Biological Chemistry. Dr. Battey was appointed Director of Intramural Research for NIDCD in 1995 and chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in 1996. He was appointed Director for NIDCD in 1998. Dr. Battey's laboratory focuses on the molecular genetic analysis of biologic responses mediated by mammalian bombesin-like peptides and their receptors.

  • G-protein Coupled Receptors' Section, NINDS
  • Trans-NIH Mouse Initiative


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Ronald D.G. McKay, Ph.D.

Director, NIH Stem Cell Unit
Senior Investigator and Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Dr. McKay received a B.Sc. in 1971 and a Ph.D. in 1974 from University of Edinburgh, where he studied under the tutelage of Edwin Southern examining DNA organization and chromosome structure. He received postdoctoral training at University of Oxford working with Walter Bodner examining restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLPs). In 1978 he became a senior staff investigator at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory concentrating on two areas: the interaction of SV40 T-antigen with the specific binding site at the viral origin of replication and the molecular organization of the nervous system. Joining the MIT faculty in 1984, Dr. McKay continued to examine different aspects of neuronal organization in the nervous system. In 1993 he came to NINDS as chief of the Laboratory of Molecular biology. His laboratory is studying stem cell differentiation.