Welcome to the Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology initiative website. We have assembled a strong academic framework of investigators across Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and across the University that are working in different aspects of stem cells, developmental biology, organogenesis, metabolism, 3D organ cultures systems, and nanotechnology with a clear goal of conducting translational science across a range of key disciplines.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can differentiate into any other body cell type. The use of stem cells derived from different disease conditions has accelerated the understanding of the molecular mechanisms defective in those pathological conditions and facilitated the testing of new drugs and compounds that could eventually improve human health.
The Role of Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine
Recent work demonstrated that stem cells can be useful to regenerate many organ systems including the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system; damaged heart or other muscles; bone and cartilage; the urinary system, and others. New basic science techniques—from imaging to complex cell culture systems, to molecular genetics—are providing the information needed to apply our basic understanding of stem cells in order to repair, regenerate, or even grow new organs and tissues.
Cellular reprogramming technologies and patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells offer us a unique opportunity to get novel insights into human development and pathological conditions that give rise to disease.
The Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology initiative at Northwestern will push these promising technologies forward to materialize novel regenerative therapies that could be tailored to each unique individual. This initiative will support and encourage collaboration across the University and the academic medical center to better understand the biology of organ development, regeneration and stem cell biology in normal and pathological conditions as a tool to new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for a variety of diseases with applications to heart, cancer, neuroscience, diabetes, and others.
Find out more about us below.
- Leadership Message
Learn more about our efforts from our directors Guillermo Oliver, PhD, and Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD
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- Advisory Board
Meet our board members and learn about how they contribute to our mission
- Contact Us
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