Debamitra Das, Ph.D. joined the Lieber Institute as a Staff Scientist I in November, 2019. She is part of the stem cell group in Dr. Brady Maher’s lab where she is involved with neural differentiation of stem cells in 2D and forming 3D neural spheroids. Debamitra earned her PhD in 2014 in molecular, cellular and, developmental biology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked on investigating the roles of cytoskeletal associated proteins in regulating cell architecture. She received her stem cell training during her tenure as a post doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. There, she worked extensively on neural differentiation from stem cells by studying alterations in cellular phenotypes and neuronal function between healthy individuals and patients with either Alzheimer’s disease or Schizophrenia. Debamitra has also worked on generating human stem cell derived ‘mini human brains’/organoids in a dish to investigate the DNA damage response in organoid neurons. Debamitra has authored several publications from both her doctoral and post doctoral work and continues to explore the field of stem cell differentiation at the Lieber Institute.