HSCRB is a department of Harvard University’s Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the first such department in the University’s history. As such, it has a unique commitment to educating a broad spectrum of students, from undergraduates, to graduate, and medical students.

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HSCRB Faculty  

HSCRB Faculty members are dedicated to advancing the research and understanding of stem cell science and vertebrate regenerative biology. 

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Unexpected Origins

Leonard Zon, MD, traces melanoma as it spreads from the first affected cells through a zebra fish with human genes. 

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Photo courtesy of Jessica MacDonald and Jeffrey Macklis

Pathway Identified

Jeffrey Macklis, MD, identifies a faulty signalling pathway that, when corrected in mice, ameliorates the symptoms of Rett syndrome, a devastating neurological condition.

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The ultimate goal of HSCRB’s research, whether it is focused on the most basic level of cellular development or on screening chemical compounds for potential drugs, is combating disease and tissue degeneration and improving human health. Research is conducted in our state-of-the-art new laboratories in Cambridge, and in one of Harvard’s affiliated world-class hospitals.

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HSCRB is the academic home of 20 faculty and over 350 stem cell scientists conducting research on Harvard’s Cambridge and Longwood campuses as well as Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and the Broad Institute. Over 200 HSCRB scientists conduct work in the Bauer-Fairchild laboratories in Cambridge.

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Upcoming Events


Featured Event

Neurons reprogrammed in animals

HSCRB postdoctoral fellows Mohammadsharif Tabebordbar and Albert Almada organized a muscular dystrophy event that raises awareness and creates a community for patients, family members, scientists, biotech companies, and pharma companies. 

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HSCRB administrators are dedicated to achieving the Department’s goals in research and education. We support faculty in their roles as scientists, teachers, and University leaders. We support students’ efforts to learn and grow through coursework, lab experiences, and advising. We help each other in labs and offices throughout the Department and University to create a productive, supportive, and collegial work environment.

Please stop by the Administrative Suite in the Bauer Laboratory Building so we can introduce ourselves.

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