Dr. Jeanne Loring has held research and management positions at several biotechnology companies and is currently a Professor and the founding Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Her research team focuses on human pluripotent stem cells. Unlike adult stem cells, from fat tissue or bone marrow, pluripotent stem cells can become every cell type in the human body. Dr. Loring’s lab investigates the full spectrum of stem cell potential, ranging from the molecular (genomics and epigenetics) to the clinical (cell therapies). Among her notable projects in progress are development of a personalized stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease, and creation of the “stem cell zoo,” a bank of pluripotent stem cells generated from endangered species. Dr. Loring is also dedicated to informing the public about biological, legal, and societal issues associated with stem cell research, especially public education about the dangers of unregulated stem cell treatments (“stem cell tourism”). She serves on scientific advisory and bioethics boards for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government, and charitable foundations.