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:

  • Walter Low, PhD


  • Atsushi Asakura, PhD

    Associate Professor

  • Wei-Shou Hu, PhD


  • In the News

    Stem Cell Institute researcher Patrick Walsh examines cells under a microscope
    February 10, 2016

    An article in the Minnesota Daily highlights state legislative support of valuable spinal cord research at the Stem Cell Institute. Researcher Patrick Walsh (pictured at right) is part of a project led by faculty members Ann Parr and James Dutton to help patients with chronic spinal cord injuries.

    Food and Drug Administration logo
    February 10, 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. According to the Houston Chronicle, "The Food and Drug Administration recently 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. A public hearing is set for April.

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

    3D printed head combining both translucent and opaque materials.
    February 8, 2016

    The University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center has an Objet Connex 260 3D Printer available to create high quality 3D parts. Its ability to use multiple materials in a single applicaion is a great resource for a wide variety of applications:

    • General Prototyping
    • High Detail Models
    • Moving/Dynamic Models
    • Multi-Material Models
    • Functional Mold Testing
    • Suspended Models
    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.

    Weekly Research Conference

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

    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

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

    T32 Trainee Presentations

    T32 Trainees Cat Lee and Pauline Jackson

    Catherine Lee

    Single-Cell Expression Analysis of Fibroblasts from Patients with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

    Pauline Jackson

    Validation of ARHGAP36 and FOXR2 as Proto-Oncogenes in Medulloblastoma