Our comprehensive research environment includes experts from biology, technology, engineering, and philosophy so they can connect to explore big questions. As a result we've become the world’s pioneer in blood and bone marrow transplants for genetic diseases.

The promise of stem cells

Stem cells can develop into different cell types. They may offer a renewable source of replacement cells to treat diseases, conditions, and disabilities. Stem cells show a lot of promise for the following diseases:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Parkinson's disease

Why should the U of M support stem cell research?

Stem cell research, including embryo and adult stem cell research, should be done in public, federally funded institutions, such as the University of Minnesota. In these institutions, the public and policymakers can be assured effective and thorough oversight of the research.

At a public institution, the public also is guaranteed equal and unfettered access to research findings and can participate in the ethical, legal, and social debate about the appropriateness of this research. With or without federal funding, oversight, and regulation, stem cell research will move forward in private, unregulated research institutions without public access to the knowledge and processes.


With stem cells, we can rewrite the genetic code itself. We can create smart cells that effectively cure diseases in a way that was unimaginable not long ago.—Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Driven to discover

The promise of stem cells is immense—to treat or cure thousands of genetic conditions that affect 10 percent of Americans.

Want to learn more? Dr. Tolar and stem cell research are featured in the University's Driven to Discover campaign.

Resources for researchers

Researchers can access our miR Inhibitor Libraries from Exiqon.

We have the following equipment available for your use:

  • a Confocal Microscope
  • a Flow Cytometry FACS Calibur 
  • a Flow Cytometry FACS Aria, and
  • an Inverted Fluorescence Microscope

Check back for a listing of less-well-known funding resources for researchers and students.

We provide mandatory lab safety training for researchers. It's important that everyone who enters a laboratory knows and understands certain safety procedures.