Uma Lakshmipathy, is the Director of R&D in Cell Biology at Thermo Fisher Scientific. She received her doctoral degree in Molecular Biophysics from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology in India and postdoctoral experience in DNA double strand break repair from University of Minnesota Medical School. As a junior faculty at the Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota, her work involved developing ex vivo gene repair systems that enable correction of single gene mutations in adult stem cells. Her current work is focused on the development of novel products and services related to stem cells. Her work has resulted in the development of novel cell engineering platform, robust somatic reprogramming systems and comprehensive characterization tools. She is currently involved in clinical-grade pluripotent stem cell generation and cell therapy characterization platforms.