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.


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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

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May 23, 2016

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota is working to create the infrastructure and knowledge needed to bring regenerative therapies to Minnesotans and to bring Minnesota to the forefront of regenerative medicine. The second year's funding of Educational Programs and Biobusiness/Biotechnology are announced today.

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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 25, 2016 - 4:00pm

Long non-coding RNA PVT1: Éminence grise of cancer biology

Anindya Bagchi

Anindya Bagchi, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development