Elizabeth Shpall | Director
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Elizabeth Shpall, Director, MD Anderson Cancer Center

I am the Director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory and the Cord Blood Bank and Deputy Chair of the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. I have more than 30 years of experience performing stem cell transplants and translating stem cell graft manipulations from the laboratory to the clinic. I have had RO1 funding from the National Cancer Institute for the past 21 years, and lead a PO1 on improving cord blood transplantation, my project focusing on the ex vivo expansion of cord blood in mesenchymal stem cell co-cultures, and enhancing the homing of cord blood to the bone marrow or sites of inflammation using exofucosylation of the relevant progenitors.. I lead an MD Anderson Multidisciplinary Research Program focusing on the gastro-intestinal microbiome in the context of hematologic cancer therapy and graft versus host disease.  I was the founding president of the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and recently reappointed to the FACT Board, am a past president of the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) and a past vice-president of Netcord. I have served as a reviewer and am a former member of the NCI Committee D, reviewing clinical and translational program project grants

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