John Kessler leads Northwestern's Center of Excellence in Translational Human Stem Cell Research, a distinction conferred by a $3.6 million National Institutes of Health grant awarded in 2006. Kessler's research concerns the factors that influence the growth and differentiation of human embryonic stem cells. His projects seek to combine biomaterials and human embryonic stem cells as a means to repair damaged spinal cords.
Kessler also chairs the March of Dimes scientific advisory panel, serves on the board of directors of the United Council of Neurological Subspecialities, and is an associate editor of the Journal of Neuroscience Research.
Read our interview with Kessler, Stem Cell Research One Year Later - Changes and Challenges, in which he discusses how Obama's executive order on stem cells has affected the research landscape.