Dr. Gay M. Crooks is Professor and Rebecca Smith Chair in the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Dr. Crooks has over 20 years of experience in basic and translational studies of human hematopoiesis, a research focus that has been informed by her clinical role as a pediatric bone marrow transplant physician. The central theme of human hematopoietic development reaches into three related areas of interest for the laboratory: 1. Hematopoiesis and T cell development from human pluripotent stem cells, 2. The characterization and manipulation of human HSC and lymphoid progenitors from different sources and developmental stages, and 3. Mechanisms of growth and differentiation of the thymic micro-environment during the neonatal period.
Dr. Crooks serves as Co-Director of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center and Director of the Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is an attending physician in the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology in the Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA, specializing in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for hematologic malignancies and genetic diseases.
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