Michael R Rosen, MD, is the Gustavus A Pfeiffer Professor of Pharmacology, a Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the Center for Molecular Therapeutics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at Stony Brook University and a member of Stony Brook’s Institute for Molecular Cardiology. He has received long-term funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and has been an author or co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts. His research interests include mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias, biological pacemaking, in which the use of adult human mesenchymal stem cells as a platform loaded with cardiac pacemaker genes is being tested as an alternative to electronic pacemaker therapy, and gene and cell therapies of tachyarrhythmias. Dr Rosen is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) Award of Merit, Chairman’s Award, and Distinguished Achievement Award; the Einthoven Award; the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Heart Rhythm Society; and the Gordon K Moe Lectureship of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society.