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:

  • Jop van Berlo, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Wei Shen, PhD

    Associate Professor

  • Bruce Blazar, MD

    Regents Professor

  • In the News

    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. 

    Food and Drug Administration logo
    July 18, 2016

    The Stem Cell Institute receives many inquiries from patients wanting to know if stem cell therapies are safe and available to help them. It can be confusing to sort out what is claimed from what has been proven. In February The Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidelines clarifying that the stem cells used in most clinics are drugs and require a rigorous approval process before they can be used in patients. Read the FDA Consumer Update on stem cell therapies. In September 2016, the FDA will be holding public meetings to hear comments on the draft guidelines. UPDATE: read an example of an FDA warning letter <<here>>.

    Patients considering stem cell therapies can find reputable information at the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) website: www.closerlookatstemcells.org.

    Weekly Research Conference

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

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 4:00pm

    Genome editing of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells: Translational advances and new research tools

    Matthew Porteus

    Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD

    Stanford University

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 4:00pm

    Mechanisms perturbing skeletal muscle mass and function

    David Glass

    David Glass, MD

    Executive Director
    Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

    Friday, October 14, 2016 - 3:00pm

    Open House for Stem Cell Biology Master's Program

    Invitation to October 14 3:00 pm Open House

    Get the details about the Master’s of Stem Cell biology program, meet some faculty, tour a stem cell lab, and hear from current students. Stay afterwards to experience SCB 5054 - Journal Club.
    For More Information - http://www.stemcell.umn.edu/graduate-programs or 612-625-1389

    Register Here