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The People

Meet some of the people featured in MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: Terra Incognita.

Carrie Kaufman, looking into a microscope Carrie Kaufman

Carrie Kaufman is a 22-year-old college student who is paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a diving accident.

Since filming ended on MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH, Carrie received a B.A. in psychology from DePaul University and now lives alone with the help of friends, family and assistants. She works at Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, a non-profit public service center providing information and services to people with disabilities who wish to live on their own. Carrie also works with clients at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where she was once a patient. She plans to continue her studies in rehabilitation psychology in the future.

Headshot of Allison Kessler Allison Kessler

Allison Kessler is the daughter of Dr. Jack and Dr. Marilyn Kessler. She is paralyzed from the waist down as the result of a skiing accident. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

Allison is currently in London, pursuing a masters degree in Biomedicine, Bioscience and Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Headshot of Jack Kessler Jack Kessler

Dr. Jack Kessler is a renowned stem cell expert and chair of the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurological Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Feinberg Neuroscience Institute and a Boshes Professor of Neurology at Northwestern, where his curricula include neurobiology, developmental biology and molecular biology and genetics. He has published widely on these subjects.

Read Dr. Kessler's response to the breakthroughs in stem cell research in November 2007 >>

Headshot of Vibhu V. Sahni, talking Vibhu V. Sahni

Vibhu V. Sahni is a Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience graduate student originally from Bombay, India. Since filming ended, he continues to work on his Ph.D. and hopes to graduate in 2008.

Headshot of Vicki Tysseling-Mattiace Vicki Tysseling-Mattiace

Vicki Tysseling-Mattiace is a Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience graduate student who came to the lab after a career as a physical therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Since filming ended, she had a baby and continues to work on her Ph.D.

Headshot of Dr. Laurie Zoloth


Dr. Laurie Zoloth

A colleague of Jack Kessler, Laurie Zoloth is director of the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society and professor of medical ethics and humanities at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Zoloth is a professor of religion and a member of the Jewish Studies faculty at Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Science.


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