Tenneille Ludwig, Director - WiCell Stem Cell Bank

Tenneille Ludwig currently serves as the Director of the WiCell Stem Cell Bank overseeing the banking, distribution, and core services operations at WiCell. Dr. Ludwig obtained her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees from Washington State University prior to completing a Ph.D. in embryology and developmental biology with a minor in bioethics from UW–Madison in 2001. Her subsequent work in the laboratory of Dr. James Thomson (2001-2007) focused primarily on the optimization of cell culture conditions and resulted in the development of the first defined, feeder-independent culture system for human embryonic stem cells (TeSR/mTeSR). From 2005 to 2010 Dr. Ludwig served as the director of distribution for the U.S. National Stem Cell Bank operated at WiCell. Dr. Ludwig is a member of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center at the University of Wisconsin, serves on the steering committee for the International Stem Cell Banking Forum (ISCBF), and operates one of the Core Laboratories for the International Stem Cell Initiative (ISCI). Additionally, she has served as a Scientific Advisor to multiple boards, including the International Stem Cell Forum Ethics Working Party, collegiate training programs, and national and international registries.  

 Fun Fact:   Tenneille paid for her first 2 years of community college with money from her goat show winnings.