Robert Drape, Executive Director

  
Robert Drape serves as WiCell’s Executive Director and has held this position since June 2013. His vision is to strengthen WiCell’s support of developing stem cell technologies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the global stem cell research community to enhance basic research, improve diagnostics, and promote the translation of stem cell technology to address unmet clinical needs.  Robert previously served as WiCell’s Director of Operations and Project Management Director, joining the organization in 2007.  His prior experience includes roles in senior management and project management in organizations concentrating on vaccine development, clinical research and mammalian cell line production.  Robert earned an Executive MBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Augustana College (IL).    

“I really enjoy the people, the culture, and the shared passion for what we do at WiCell." 

 Fun Fact:  Robert has played the violin since the age of 4.