Paul Tesar, Ph.D
Paul Tesar graduated with a B.S. in biology from Case Western Reserve University and went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford as a recipient of the prestigious NIH-Oxford Biomedical Research Scholarship. He then continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. His graduate and postdoctoral studies, under the tutelage of Professor Sir Richard Gardner and Dr. Ron McKay, focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms and therapeutic potential of pluripotent stem cells which led to his discovery of epiblast stem cells (EpiSCs). Paul has received numerous scientific awards including the Harold M. Weintraub Award of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Beddington Medal of the British Society for Developmental Biology.
Paul, a Cleveland native, returned home in 2009 and joined the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine as a faculty member in the Department of Genetics where he is continuing his studies on the use of both adult and embryonic stem cells to understand and treat human disease. Paul is a member of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine and serves as director of the Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility. He also maintains an adjunct appointment in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. In 2011, Paul was named a Robertson Investigator of the New York Stem Cell Foundation. One of only four awardees, the honor recognizes and supports scientists leading their generation in stem cell research.