HSCRB is a department of Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Medical School, the first cross-school department in the University’s history. HSCRB 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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Human Motor Neurons

Compound protects neurons with SMA

Lee Rubin, PhD, makes a discovery that could completely alter how scientists approach developing therapies for spinal muscular atrophy.

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On the cover of Nature Cell Biology

Leonard Zon's work is feautred on the January 2017 cover of Nature Cell Biology. Zon and David Scadden, in independent experiments, used a multicolor cell-labeling technique to study blood stem cell development. 

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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

Havard University's David Cameron spoke to Isaac Adatto of the Zon lab and Sahar Tavakoli of the Wagers and Zon lab during a Facebook Live tour at our zebrafish facility.

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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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