Vivian Lee

Director, Differentiation Research at Universal Cells, an Astellas Company

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Feb 2019 - Present

Universal Cells, an Astellas Company

Director, Differentiation Research

Human Pluripotent Stem CellsInduced Pluripotent Stem cellUniversal Donor CellsHematopoietic DifferentiationImmuno-oncologyCell-based TherapyImmunotherapyStem Cell TherapyStem Cell ResearchStem Cell DifferentiationResearch and DevelopmentBiomedical ResearchPreclinical DevelopmentStrategic PlanningLeadership and ManagementTechnology EvaluationBudget and Resource Planning


May 2012 - Feb 2019

STEMCELL Technologies

Associate Director, Pluripotent Stem Cell and Neural, Research and Development

- Responsible for the Human Pluripotent Stem Cell and Neural & Ectodermal Teams in the Research and Development (R & D) Department including product development, budget, and staffing- Responsible for all aspects of product development; launched multiple major products- involved in various cross-departmental projects, serve as a sponsor or project manager as neededStem Cell researchHuman Pluripotent Stem CellsInduced Pluripotent Stem CellsEmbryonic Stem CellsDifferentiationNeural DifferentiationEctodermal DifferentiationNeural Stem CellsNeuronal DifferentiationGlia DifferentiationHuman Cerebral OrganoidNeuronal culturesOrganoid and 3D culturesHematopoietic DifferentiationMicroglia DifferentiationNeural Crest Cell DifferentiationProtocol development and optimizationReagent development and optimizationTechnology TransferProduct Launches


Jan 2006 - Dec 2012

Medical College of Wisconsin

Assistant Professor

Research focused on Neural Stem Cell Development and Differentiation- Neural Crest and Central Nervous System Neural Stem CellDdevelopment- Cell fate decisions- Studied pluripotency factors and microRNA (Lin28 and let-7)- mouse genetics- embryology- primary neural cultures including periphery neurons, neurospheres, and dissociated neural progenitor cells- cell line maintenance and transfection, including use of lenti- and retro- viruses

Jan 2001 - Dec 2006

California Institute of Technology

Post-doctoral Scholar

Research focused on Neural Crest Stem Cell Development and Differentiation- isolated novel genes involved in neural crest cell development- studied lineage and differentiation potential of neural crest cells- optimized purification of neural crest cells- neural crest and neuronal cultures- embryology, histology, microscopy- Developmental Biology, Differentiation, Stem cell biology

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