As the first cross-school department in Harvard University’s history, the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB) has a unique commitment to educating a broad spectrum of students—including undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. In 2017, the department celebrated its ten-year anniversary.

illustration of red blood cells

Using genetic barcodes to study blood cell development

Jan 3. In a new study, researchers labelled blood system stem cells with genetic barcodes in order to track them during the process of natural blood production 

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Paola Arlotta

Professor Paola Arlotta awarded the prestigious George Ledlie Prize

Dec 20. Developmental neurobiologist honored for study of embryonic brain 


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bone marrow-derived cell in the brain

Targeting the bone marrow to drive brain repair after radiation injury

Dec 4. Researchers leverage a link between the bone marrow and brain regeneration, aiming to improve outcomes for brain tumor patients with radiation injury

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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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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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