The mission of the research community housed in the Cell and Genome Sciences Building is to enhance Connecticut’s role as a leader in innovative high tech research and technology transfer in the areas of stem cell biology, advanced microscopy and imaging, computational biology and genetics.
UConn’s stem cell research encompasses two campuses - the flagship campus at Storrs and UConn Health in Farmington - and crosses many disciplines. But though researchers are studying stem cells from a host of perspectives and with many different objectives, their work is united in that they are collaboratively striving to unleash the power of stem cells to revolutionize medicine as quickly as possible.
Regardless of the specific goals of their individual projects, all of the UConn researchers are learning more all the time - and often on a daily basis - about stem cells, how they function, and how to more productively grow them in laboratories and harness their capacity to evolve into many different kinds of human tissues.
They are identifying and isolating a variety of stem cells. Simultaneously, they are developing new approaches to the use of stem cell lines for research into the treatment of diseases and disorders. Despite all the medical advances of the past century, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and devastating neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s still claim thousands of lives every year.
UConn researchers, including some of the foremost scientists in their fields, are moving quickly and aggressively to understand stem cells and harness their capacity to revolutionize medicine.