Christina Lilliehook Ph.D.


Entrepreneurial Program/Alliance Manager with experience in scientific communication, grant writing, and project management and expertise across neuroscience, genetics and stem cell biology


Science Writer at RA Capital Management, July 2019 – Present

Manager, Stem Cell Program – Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, July 2016 – July 2019

– Scientific Communication: edited/co-wrote scientific papers and cover letters for clarity and high impact, worked with PIs and trainees on research proposals and grants.

– Alliance Management: developed relationships with collaborators to enable clinical sample acquisition and stem cell derivation, and execute collaboration agreements.

– Compliance: Wrote regulatory work products for the Stanley Center Stem Cell Biobank.

– Project management: directed sequencing work-streams and data delivery.

– People management: recruited and mentored staff and trainees.

Deputy Editor, Cell Stem Cell – Cell Press, Jul 2007 – Jun 2016 

– Managed peer review and made decisions on research articles published.

– Managed front matter, press releases, and Facebook content.

– Recruited high impact content for submission.

– Organized commercially successful scientific conferences and webinars.

– Executed strategic initiatives to increase stem cell field market share.

– Liaised with marketing and sales team for commercial projects.

Research Assistant Professor – Dr. Howard Federoff, University of Rochester, Aug 2006 – Jun 2007

– Investigated cleavage of adhesion molecules as a mechanism for neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease.

Post-doctoral training – laboratory of Dr. Steve A Goldman, Weill Medical College Cornell University, University of Rochester, Sep 2002 – Jul 2006

– Enhanced breeding protocols to boost experimental songbird model.

– Investigated angiogenesis as an underlying mechanism of adult songbird neurogenesis.


– Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – Ph.D. in Neuroscience 2002 – Joseph D Buxbaum

– Stockholm University – B.S. Biochemistry 1997


Testosterone-induced matrix metalloproteinase activation is a checkpoint for neuronal addition to the adult songbird brain. Lilliehook C, et al, J Neurosci. 2008 Jan 2;28(1):208-16

Altered Abeta formation and long-term potentiation in a calsenilin knock-out. Lilliehook C, et al, J Neurosci. 2003 Oct 8;23(27):9097-106.

Calsenilin enhances apoptosis by altering endoplasmic reticulum calcium signaling. Lilliehook C, et al, Mol Cell Neurosci. 2002 Apr;19(4):552-9.

Calsenilin: a calcium-binding protein that interacts with the presenilins and regulates the levels of a presenilin fragment. Buxbaum JD, Lilliehook C, et al, Nat Med. 1998 Oct;4(10):1177-81.