Progress & Media

Loren Ornelas: Co-Project Manager for iPSC Generation

Jun 9, 2016
Categories: From The Field

Loren Ornelas has been a part of the Regenerative Medicine Institute at Cedars-­Sinai for the past five years and has over 10 years experience as a cell culture technician. She has played an essential role in the development and growth of the Cedars-Sinai iPSC Core under the direction of Drs. Dhruv Sareen and Clive Svendsen. In addition to her role as manager of the iPSC Core, she has led or assisted the protocol optimization for the generation and maintenance of iPSCs. Over the course of five years, she has generated iPSC lines from various source tissues, including fibroblast, lymphoblastoid cell lines, and freshly isolated whole blood. She led the generation, characterization, banking and distribution of non-integrating iPSC lines generated for the NIH /CIRM HD Consortium and is currently co-project manager along with Brandon Shelley for the Answer ALS project team at Cedars-­Sinai. Loren earned her B.S. in Biology at Mount St. Mary's University, Los Angeles in 2007. She recently obtained her MBA from the same institution in December 2015.