M. William Lensch, Ph.D.
M. William "Willy" Lensch works on behalf of the entire HMS community in a mission-centric manner. Before joining the HMS administration, Lensch served as executive director of the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and as faculty director of education and director of the summer internship program (HIP) for the HSCI. His experience in research, education, administration, science policy, intellectual property, science consulting and outreach all combined to support and advance stem cell science and discovery at Harvard.
Dr. Lensch is the co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles, reviews/book chapters, and policy recommendations, and has participated in more than 200 invited lectures, medical grand rounds, interviews, or panel discussions. He has served as gubernatorial appointee to the Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee to Establish a Public Umbilical Cord Blood Bank (State of Connecticut), as a founding member of the Interstate Alliance for Stem Cell Research (IASCR), and the Public Education Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).
Dr. Lensch’s former positions include: Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Faculty Director of Education at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Senior Scientist in the laboratory of George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, at Boston Children's Hospital/Howard Hughes Medical Institute. From 2001-2013, Dr. Lensch’s research used human pluripotent stem cells to study blood development and disease. In other roles, he has investigated bone marrow failure/leukemia (Oregon Health Sciences University/Portland VAMC), neuromuscular disease (Univ. of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Univ. of Utah), and eukaryotic heavy-metal resistance (Utah State Univ.).
Dr. Lensch has been interviewed and comments internationally on stem cell research in forums ranging from the New York Times (online) to The Salt Lake City Tribune (Utah), Forbes Magazine to Sports Illustrated, the Chambers of the United States Senate to local town-hall meetings, and the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum (Rome) to the Temple Ohabei Shalom (Massachusetts).