We bring together talent and expertise from across the University of Minnesota to use stem cell biology to advance regenerative medicine therapies for devastating disorders and to provide education and training for the stem cell scientists of tomorrow.




McGuire Translational Research Facility gets a new look!

Driven to Transform Health Care

Ever wonder what an induced pluripotent stem cell looks like? Stop by 2001 6th St SE and look up! The new Driven to Transform Health Care window graphic has been installed. At the bottom, the blue and green structure is an induced pluripotent stem cell that has been instructed to become a neural cell. 

induced pluripotent stem cellThe University depends on the wide array of skills of its scientists. The original image below was taken by expert microscope photographer Megan Riddle. It takes serious skills to get a picture of a cell that can be enlarged to 12 feet high!

Our Research

Our Education Programs

The bioscience and medical industries and academic research programs need intelligent, engaged, well-trained talent to fill jobs in the rapidly expanding field of regenerative medicine. The Stem Cell Institute prepares students who are ready to meet this need and who are eager to move the next generation of research forward. Learn more about our graduate programs:

In the News

November 30, 2016

Life sciences

Pharmaceuticals and diagnostics

Detection, Prevention, and Treatment of Anthrax and Other Infectious Diseases
Inventors: Bruce Blazar, Suzanne Brandt, Thomas Kozel, Julie Lovchik, C. Rick Lyons, William Murphy, Ann Percival and Peter Thorkildson

Lymphoma Prognostic Methods and Kits (see license)
Inventors: Aric Frantz, Jaime Modiano, Timothy O’Brien and Aaron Sarver

Non-static Suspension Culture of Cell Aggregates
Inventors: Wei-Shou Hu, Yonsil Park and Kartik Subramanian

For more information on licensing pharmaceuticals and diagnostic technologies, contact Rajesh Udupa.


Image of stem cell
September 7, 2016

The safety and uses of stem cell therapy are being reviewed by the FDA at open meetings on September 12-13, 2016. View meeting information here. Read "Cell-therapy rules stir debate" by Heidi Ledford published at Nature.com to learn more.

View the meeting live at: https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live_19816&bhcp=1

Map showing NCI Physical Centers for Oncology locations
August 30, 2016

Stem Cell Institute faculty member Paolo Provenzano, PhD, will lead one of two projects as part of an $8.2 million, 5-year National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant, “Center for Modeling Tumor Cell Migration Mechanics.” The University of Minnesota is one of five new centers added to the Physical Sciences Oncology Network (PSOC) this year. This network meets regularly and works collaboratively to advance research more effectively. The University of Minnesota center is led by David Odde, PhD, as Center MPI (also a project leader) along with David Largaespada, PhD, and Steven Rosenfeld, MD, PhD, at the Cleveland Clinic. 

Weekly Research Conference

Meets weekly in Room 1-110
McGuire Translational Research Facility (MTRF, next to Lion's Research Building)
[map] [shuttle schedule]

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 4:00pm

Role of contract development and manufacturing organizations in gene editing and gene therapy product development

Michael Chambers

Michael Chambers

President and CEO

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 4:00pm

Molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle stem cell quiescence and growth arrest

Frederic Relaix

Frédéric Relaix, PhD, Prof

Director, Team 10 Biology of the Neuromuscular System
Head Group 1 - Development and Stem Cells