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.


 Special Seminar - Thursday, April 28 - 4:00 PM - McGuire Translational Research Facility Room 1-110

Nuclear Reprogramming through Preimplantation Development and Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer

Professor Yi Zhang

Yi Zhang, PhD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Fred Rosen Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital

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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:

  • Wei Shen, PhD

    Associate Professor

  • Wei-Shou Hu, PhD


  • Andrew Grande, MD

    Assistant Professor

  • In the News

    Spinal Cord Society Image of Cells
    April 28, 2016

    Drs. Eric Holmberg, PhD, Research Director of the Spinal Cord Society, and Shu-xin Zhang, MD, PhD, a contracted researcher with the Spinal Cord Society, will be spending time at Dr. Ann Parr's Stem Cell Institute lab this week to start work on their collaboration for a combination therapy to treat chronic spinal cord injury. Drs. Holmberg and Zhang will be demonstrating their technique to ablate the glial scar that develops at the site of injury using a photo-toxic chemical probe called rose-Bengal. Scar ablation provides a more permissive physical and biochemical environment for axon sprouting. Once the technique is optimized, human induced pluripotent stem cell (hIPSC) derived oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) derived by Dr. Parr's lab will be transplanted following scar ablation. The hypothesis is that the cells will survive and integrate into the injured spinal cord and provide functional recovery. 

    This collaborative work was recently funded with the Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Grant from the Minnesota legislature.
    Dr. Andy Grande
    March 25, 2016

    Stem Cell Institute faculty members have active clinical and research programs outside the SCI. Learn more about how Dr. Grande helped a patient overcome debilitating pain through brain surgery.

    Abdulranim Sajini
    March 17, 2016

    Abdulrahim Sajini, a 2012 graduate of the Stem Cell Institute's Masters of Stem Cell Biology program, is pursuing his PhD at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. He is also working with the Judge Business School to develop Kandlelit, his idea for a new search engine for researchers that helps them make connections they might not find in a traditional search. Learn more and help him develop this fascinating new tool by visiting the link above!

    Weekly Research Conference

    Meets weekly in Room 1-110
    McGuire Translational Research Facility (MTRF, next to Lion's Research Building)
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    Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 4:00pm

    Breakdown in Complex Living Systems: Opportunistic infections and insurgencies

    Dr. Kristina Marie Talbert-Slagle

    Kristina Marie Talbert-Slagle, PhD

    Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and in Public Health (Health Policy)
    Senior Scientific Officer, Yale Global Health Leadership Institute
    School of Public Health
    Yale University

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 4:15pm

    T32 Trainee Presentation

    More information will be announced soon.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 8:00am to Friday, May 20, 2016 - 12:30pm

    2nd Annual Midwest Tumor Microenvironment Meeting

    Images of cells

    More information about this Stem Cell Institute co-sponsored event at this link.