The Washington University Center of Regenerative Medicine is a research collaborative of over 80 faculty members committed to advancing the science of regenerative medicine and its therapeutic applications. Regenerative medicine harbors enormous potential to impact the treatment and cure of a wide range of debilitating human diseases. This rapidly developing field invents approaches to enhance the healing process for degenerative diseases, or injured adult tissues and organs, as well as to repair birth defects, either by harnessing the body’s own stem cell reservoirs and reprogramming capabilities, or by engineering tissues ex-vivo.
Drawing on the expertise of faculty from the basic science, engineering and clinical departments from the School of Medicine, School of Engineering and School of Arts and Science, the Center aims to understand how to summon the regenerative capabilities of the human body, how stem cells make different tissues and organs in vivo and how to control these processes in vitro, how to employ pluripotent stem cells to model and understand diseases, and to ameliorate the aging processes. Regenerative Medicine Faculty are mentors for PhD students from several programs in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, including Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology; Neurosciences; Molecular Genetics and Genomics; Molecular Cell Biology; and Biochemistry, as well as from the Medical Scientist Training Program, and the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.