Dr. Brafman is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of California-Berkeley in Bioengineering. Dr. Brafman received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California-San Diego in Bioengineering where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and UC BREP GREAT Fellow . From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Brafman performed post-doctoral training as a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-San Diego. Dr. Brafman was the Kaehr Stem Cell Young Investigator at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine from 2010-2014. In 2013, Dr. Brafman received his MBA with an emphasis in operations and project management from the Rady School of Management at the University of California-San Diego. Dr. Brafman’s research focus is to apply bioengineering approaches to the study of stem cell microenvironments and using these approaches to direct the fate choices of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to clinically relevant cell types in order to model and treat a variety of diseases including Alzheimer's disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and cardiac disease.