Our Team

DR. VICTORIA FOX (PHD)

Executive Director

Dr. Victoria Fox is the co-founder, President and Executive Director of Pathways to Stem Cell Science. She is a faculty course instructor with Cal State Channel Islands and CEO of the stem cell consultation company PluriCORE LLC. Formally an Assistant Professor of Research and Stem Cell Core Director at the University of Southern California, Dr. Fox has significant experience providing research support and hands-on training with human stem cells to students of all levels from Pre-K to tenured professors. Dr. Fox has trained upwards of 1000 individuals at USC and Pathways to Stem Cell Science and participated in scientific projects ranging from disease modeling to basic discovery. She oversees all aspects of the institute from day-to-day operations and fundraising to curriculum development and teaching.

DR. MICKEY PENTECOST (PHD)

Program Director

Dr. Pentecost is a cell biologist with practical expertise in molecular genetics, biochemistry & proteomics, cell biology, microscopy, bacteriology, virology, bioprocessing & biomanufacturing, and data science. He received a B.S. in engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC. While earning his Ph.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine, and pursuing his postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, he pioneered new research methodologies and made significant discoveries in the mechanisms of microbial infections. In academia, he taught undergraduate and graduate level courses. In industry, as Principal Scientist and then Director of R&D at Cell Care Therapeutics, he contributed to the development of a novel stem cell-derived biologic.

GEORGE TSENG

Instructional Lab Specialist and Laboratory Manager

Mr. George Tseng is an instructional laboratory specialist and Laboratory Manager with Pathways to Stem Cell Science. Formally Mr. Tseng was a research associate at City of Hope’s Department of Cancer Biology studying the effects of androgens in the pathogenesis of prostrate cancer. Mr. Tseng is a graduate of the highly regarded biotechnology program at Pasadena City College where he also participated in the prestigious CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program. His research at USC focused on developing industrial methods for deriving and characterizing induced pluripotent stem cells.  Mr. Tesng is an incredibly gifted scientist who plays an important role in overseeing the laboratory, teaching students and completing contract research projects.

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