The Stanford University Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education was established in 2007 under the auspices of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. The Center is directed by Dr. Renee Reijo Pera, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and located in Palo Alto, California. Here, students and scientists, at all career levels, may receive instruction in basic and advanced techniques integral to success in stem cell biology. In addition, we extend our programs to those from other universities and colleges to further our mission of expanding the potential of human embryonic stem cell research.
The Center has a comprehensive, integrated training and research program in the fundamental biology of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), human development and reprogramming. This initiative builds on the extensive expertise of Stanford faculty in developmental genetics and stem cell biology, including leading discoveries in the areas of hESCs, tissue and organ stem cells, and cancer stem cells. To support this effort, we have established a Shared Resource Laboratory (SRL) and practical training in Basic Stem Cell Techniques Course that enable investigators at Stanford, neighboring institutions (the University of California at Santa Cruz, the Parkinson’s Institute and the University of California at Davis) and across the state of California to engage in basic science, engineering, and clinical medicine related to stem cells. The SRL is intricately coupled to the Stanford CIRM-sponsored training program, providing a fully implemented service and training center to support research in hESCs across all disciplines.