Meet Our Researchers

Pioneering Investigators Devoted to Blood Research

As one of the preeminent research institutes devoted to blood disease research, the pioneering investigators at the Kimball Research Institute at New York Blood Center have remarkable experience and expertise in their fields. Their groundbreaking research has resulted in numerous landmark patents and licenses as well as new blood-related products, techniques, and therapies to improve patient outcomes.

Larry Luchsinger, PhD
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer
Director of Research Operations, LFKRI
Head, Laboratory of Stem Cell Regenerative Research
Director, NYBC iPSC Program
Vice President and Director of Research, LFKRI Head, Laboratory of Complement Biology, NYBCe
Karina Yazdanbakhsh, PhD
Vice President and Director of Research, LFKRI
Head, Laboratory of Complement Biology
Xiuli An, MD, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Membrane Biology
Asim K Debnath, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Molecular Modeling and Drug Design
Debra Kessler, RN, MS
Vice President, Medical Programs & Services
Ying Liang, MD, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Stem Cell Aging and Regeneration
Cheryl Lobo, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Blood-Borne Parasites
Sara Lustigman, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology
Venkat Magupalli, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Molecular and Mechanistic Cell Signaling
Avital Mendelson, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology & Engineering Research
Vijay Nandi, MPH
Head, Laboratory of Data Analytic Services
Mohandas Narla, DSc
Distinguished Scientist Head, Laboratory of Red Cell Physiology
Bruce Sachais, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President and Enterprise Chief Medical Officer
Head, Translational Research and Development Laboratory
Eric Senaldi, MD
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, NYBCe
Bojing Shao, MD, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Vascular Inflammation and Thrombosis Research
Patricia Shi, MD
Medical Director
Head, Clinical Research in Sickle Cell Disease
Hong Van Tieu, MD, MS
Head, Laboratory of Infectious Disease Prevention
Francesca Vinchi, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Iron Research
Rona Weinberg, PhD
Director, Cellular Therapy Laboratory
Head, Myeloproliferative Disorders (MPD) Research Laboratory
Connie Westhoff, SBB, PhD
Executive Scientific Director, National Center for Blood Group Genomics
Head, Laboratory of Blood Group Genomics
Hui Zhong, PhD
Head, Laboratory of Immune Regulation