Margaret Goodell, Ph.D.
Director, STaR Center
Margaret Goodell received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England, and underwent post-doctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. At MIT, she developed an innovative method for the isolation of blood-forming stem cells from mouse bone marrow. This method, called the "side population" or "SP" method, is now widely used, and has been applied to the identification of stem cells from multiple tissues and species. Her current research is focused on hematopoietic stem cells.
Goodell has been on the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine since 1997, and is a member of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, and the Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular & Human Genetics, and Immunology. Directing a laboratory of about 20 students and post-doctoral fellows, she has performed ground-breaking work on adult-derived stem cells. She is widely recognized as a leader in the field of stem cell biology and serves on the board of the International Society for Stem Cell Research and on the Education committee for the American Society of Hematology. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, a senior editor of the journal Stem Cells, and serves on several editorial boards and as a reviewer for a multiple journals and granting agencies. She is the recipient of a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar Award, and in 2004, received the DeBakey Award for Excellence in Research at Baylor College of Medicine.