Tudorita (Doina) Tumbar is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, where she started her research program in October 2004. She received a BS/MS (Diploma) in Biochemistry from University of Bucharest, Romania in 1993. She then moved to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994 and received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology in January 2000. She won a Life Science Research Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship in 2001 while at University of Chicago, and completed her post-doctoral studies at Rockefeller University in New York City with Dr. Elaine Fuchs. She was promoted to Full Professor in MBG at Cornell University in July 2017. She is interested in what makes a stem cell a stem cell at the molecular level. In particular, how is the stem cell genome maintained in a multipotent state and remodeled to acquire specific fates in development and tissue homeostasis. She teaches a 3-credit course on Stem Cells and Regeneration (BIOMG 4450) during the Spring semester.