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.

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:

  • Samira Azarin, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Mark J. Osborn, PhD

    Assistant Professor

  • Rita Perlingeiro, PhD

    Associate Professor

  • In the News

    Professor Robert Tranquillo
    February 2, 2016

    Stem Cell Institute faculty member Robert Tranquillo's laboratory is using tissue engineering to develop a heart valve that can grow with children. This would help reduce the number of surgeries these children need to replace outgrown valves. See the whole story at KARE11 news: link.

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    January 12, 2016

    Dr. Sunny Chan, an Assistant Professor in SCI faculty member Michael Kyba’s lab at the University of Minnesota, has a paper featured on the cover of the ISSCR's journal Stem Cell Reports
    "Development of Bipotent Cardiac/Skeletal Myogenic Progenitors from MESP1+ Mesoderm"

    As ancient chordates developed predatory feeding, new muscle tissue was required, both in the face, to enable biting, and in the heart, where new chambers allowed efficient circulation. This advance was enabled by a new population of mesoderm, referred to as cardiopharyngeal mesoderm, CPM, which produces both facial skeletal muscle and cells that will produce the new chambers of the heart (atria and right ventricle). In this paper, Dr. Chan finds a way to generate CPM from pluripotent cells in the Petri dish, and uses these cells to dissect regulatory pathways controlling its differentiation into cardiac or skeletal muscle tissue.

    Sunny Sun-Kin Chan, Hannah R. Hagen, Scott A. Swanson, Ron Stewart, Karly A. Boll, Joy Aho, James A. Thomson, and Michael Kyba

    Volume 6, Issue 1, p26–34, 12 January 2016

    Cover of ISSCR publication: Patient Handbook on Stem Cell Therapies
    October 29, 2015

    Patients frequently want to know how soon stem cell therapies will be available, or if a therapy they have heard about is safe. These are important questions. In response, the International Society for Stem Cell Research has published an excellent and helpful handbook: Patient Handbook for Stem Cell Therapies. It includes questions to ask when evaluating a potential therapy.

    October 26, 2015

    Drs Alison Hubel and David McKenna, grant recipients

    Drs Allison Hubel and David McKenna have received NHLBI funding to offer "Integrated Training in Development and Clinical Practice of Cell Based Therapies," a 5-year training grant that offers short courses in cryopreservation of cells, manufacturing of clinical cell therapies, hematopoietic stem cells, immunotherapy, transfusion medicine, and blood and marrow-derived stem cells for non-hematological diseases. To learn more, visit www.celltherapy.umn.edu.

    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, February 10, 2016 - 4:00pm

    Extracellular Matrix Derived Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine

    Dr. Karen L. Christman

    Karen L. Christman, PhD

    Associate Professor of Bioengineering
    Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
    University of California, San Diego

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 4:00pm

    Cell Fate Control by Integrated E2F, FOXO, and AKT Signaling in Retinal Progenitor Cells and Retinoblastoma

    Timothy Hallstrom

    Timothy C. Hallstrom, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    University of Minnesota

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

    Chemical Control of Oligodendrocyte Fate and Function

    Paul Tesar

    Paul Tesar, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department of Genetics & Genome Sciences
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, Ohio