Principal Investigator

Mitalipov 2

Shoukhrat Mitalipov, PhD

Dr. Mitalipov earned his Ph.D. degree in 1994 in Developmental & Stem Cell Biology at the Research Center for Medical Genetics, Moscow, Russia. He came to Utah State University in 1995 to conduct postdoctoral research training and then moved to Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) at Oregon Health & Science University. In 2014. Dr, Mitalipov became the director of the newly founded Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy. He is also a Senior Scientist in the Division of Reproductive & Developmental Sciences of ONPRC and Professor in Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Pediatrics, and Molecular & Medical Genetics, School of Medicine, OHSU. He is the recipient of the 2010 Discovery Award from the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon.

Staff Scientist


Hong Ma, MD, PhD

I received my MD from Xi'An Medical University in China and PhD in Molecular Biology from Kyoto University in Japan where I studied the molecular mechanisms of the protease function and protease regulation by inhibitors in tissues and cells. I worked in at School of Dentistry in OHSU for 13 years before joining the Mitalipov lab in 2008. I am currently a Staff Scientist and responsible for management of the stem cell and molecular biology lab. My research project is focused on mitochondrial gene replacement and stem cell therapies for mitochondrial diseases.

Research Associates


Eunju Kang, DVM, PhD

I received my graduate degree from Gyeongsang National University, Korea in 2010 where I studied reprogramming by SCNT. I came to the Mitalipov lab in June 2010. My projects here are focused on the role of mitochondrial genome during development and aging.


Nuria Marti-Gutierrez

I received my Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Valencia in 2003 and my Master's degree in Clinical Biology and Experimental Reproduction from the University of Alicante in 2004, working one year in La Fe Hospital in the Human Reproduction Department. I started working on my PhD degree in the Principe Felipe Research Center in the laboratory of Professor Stojkovic in somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) and continued my research, working on the generation of transgenic animals by lentiviral vector or plasmid microinjection, in the laboratory of Dr. Diez.  I joined Dr. Mitalipov's lab in February 2012 as a Research Associate. I am interested in mitochondria genetics and reprogramming by somatic cell nuclear transfer in the human and nonhuman primate models.

Postdoctoral Fellows


Tomonari Hayama, MD, PhD

I received my MD degree from Yokohama City University in 2003 and PhD from Division of Stem Cell Therapy, Tokyo University in 2014. During my PhD studies, I investigated the mechanisms of germ cell development from reprogramed pluripotent stem cells in mouse and rat models. I joined Mitalipov lab as a postdoctoral fellow in May of 2014 and my research here is focused towards understanding metabolic potential of pluripotent stem cells.

Lab Manager


Amy Koski

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry from Carroll College in Helena, MT. I have worked at the University of Washington focusing on lung disease/injury and the University of Virginia focusing on blood brain barriers and the role of respiratory depressants. I joined Dr. Mitalipov in 2014 as a Senior Research Assistant / Clinical Research Coordinator for the Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy.

The Indispensable Crew


Riffat Ahmed

I received my B.S. degree in Micro/Molecular Biology from Portland State University (2008) and an A.A.S. degree from Portland Community College (2003) at in Biotechnology. As an undergraduate, I conducted primitive hematopoiesis research in Developmental Biology at OHSU. After graduation, I joined the An-Sheng Zhang/Caroline Enns lab at OHSU as a research assistant and participated in projects that focused on protein mutation and trafficking in iron overload disease Juvenile hemochromatosis. I started in the Mitalipov lab in 2012 and work in both the stem cell facility and molecular biology. I love developmental biology and am interested in stem cell therapy.


Ying Li

I received my BS from Shanghai Medical University in China and obtained my MS from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. I worked as a research assistant at the Vollum Institute at OHSU for two years before I joined the Mitalipov lab as a research assistant in 2008.


Crystal Van Dyken

I received my B.S. in Biology from the University of Idaho in 2009. I previously worked as a research technician in the Pharmacology Department at Washington State University. I joined the Mitalipov lab as a Research Assistant 2 in 2013.