Dr. Agnieszka Czechowicz
Prof. Czechowicz is a translationally oriented-physician scientist at Stanford University in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Hematology, Oncology, Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine. She is also a member of the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Czechowicz previously spent a decade on the Farm as a Stanford trainee completing her undergraduate, medical school and PhD degrees while conducting research with Prof. Irving Weissman. She subsequently did further clinical training in Boston, completing her residency in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and pursued subspecialty training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute while simultaneously conducting postdoctoral research with Prof. Derrick Rossi in collaboration with Prof. David Scadden. Dr. Czechowicz’s research has focused around improving the utilization of hematopoietic stem cells for the treatment of diverse blood and immune diseases, and she has done pioneering work showing that hematopoietic stem cell depletion is a critical component to donor hematopoietic stem cell engraftment. Multiple pre-clinical and clinical therapies are in development based upon her studies aimed at the elimination of chemotherapy and irradiation from transplant protocols. Furthermore, Dr. Czechowicz’s clinical interests are in bone marrow failure syndromes with a particular interest in Fanconi Anemia and she has led several innovative cell and gene therapy trials attempting to improving outcomes for patients with this disease. Dr. Czechowicz is also quite passionate about mentoring and training future generations of physicians and scientists, and is very supportive of helping diverse trainees on various traditional and non-traditional career paths.