Harley I. Kornblum, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Kornblum is a basic and translational researcher in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center of the Semel Research Institute. He is Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also an attending Pediatric Neurologist at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and the founding director of the Neural Stem Cell Research Center. He is a member of the Brain Research Institute, The Broad Stem Cell Research Center and the Molecular Biology Institute and serves on the Steering Committe of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center. Dr. Kornblum received his AB degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his MD and PhD degrees from UC Irvine. He trained as a Pediatrics Resident and Pediatric Neurology Fellow at UCLA. He did undergraduate research with Dr. Eugene M. Johnson and received his PhD in the laboratory of Frances M. Leslie. He pursued postdoctoral research with Dr. Christine M. Gall at UCI and Dr. Harry Chugani at UCLA. Dr. Kornblum is a frequent lecturer on the topics of neural stem cells and brain tumors at conferences and universities world-wide and has published over 100 research articles and book chapters. Dr. Kornblum is the recipient of numerous grants from the Federal Government as well as philanthropic foundations. He served as the Eleanor Leslie Professor of Pioneering Brain Research.