David Schaffer, PHD

David Schaffer is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the Director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, and from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Fred Gage at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA. At UC Berkeley, Dr. Schaffer applies engineering principles to enhance stem cell and gene therapy approaches for neuroregeneration, work that includes novel approaches for molecular engineering and evolution of new viral vectors as well as new technologies to investigate and control stem cell fate decisions.

Awards: David Schaffer has received an NSF CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Whitaker Foundation Young Investigator Award, and was named a Technology Review Top 100 Innovator. He was also awarded the Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Shaffer Young Investigator Award in 2000, the American Chemical Society BIOT Division Young Investigator Award in 2006, the American Chemical Society Marvin Johnson Award in 2016, and was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2010.

Publications, Editorial & Scientific Advisory Boards:  Dr. Schaffer has over 180 scientific publications, has served on 7 journal editorial boards and 7 industrial scientific advisory boards, and is currently the Secretary and a Board of Directors member of the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (the premiere gene therapy society). He serves on the Board of Directors for UniQure (QURE, NASDAQ).