Young Cha, PhD

Young Cha, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Young Cha, PhD, received his PhD in stem cell biology from CHA University in Korea. During his PhD studies, his scientific interest was to identify novel factors which are involved in the maintenance of self-renewality and pluripotency of embryonic stem cells. He joined the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory in 2012 as a post-doctoral fellow. He is currently an assistant neuroscientist at McLean Hospital and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Cha’s current research is focused on the elucidation of transcriptional regulatory networks controlling metabolic reprogramming during human induced pluripotency. In addition, he is developing the genome non-integrating reprogramming method to generate viral- and mutagen-free expandable human induced pluripotent stem cells in terms of metabolic reprogramming.

Education & Training

  • 2003 BS in Environmental Engineering, Korea Maritime University, Korea
  • 2005 MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Yeungnam University, Korea
  • 2011 PhD in Molecular Genetics, CHA University, Korea
  • 2011-2012 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Biomedical Science, CHA University, Korea
  • 2012-2017 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, McLean Hospital


Phone: 617.855.4105
Office Address: Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 313