Vision and Mission

A neural network comprised of mature neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells that were generated from a patient with autism spectrum disorder. Michael Boland.

CSCI Vision

Building a cutting edge, premier stem cell program that integrates expertise in regeneration and precision medicine and shapes a novel basic and translational understanding of stem cell in health and disease for biomedical research.

Our Mission

The Columbia Stem Cell Initiative (CSCI) studies stem cells with the intent to:

  • Model human diseases
  • Develop new diagnostics and therapies
  • Create new cells and tissues to replace damaged, aged, or diseased body parts.

Toward this end, CSCI encourages diverse experts to come together to conduct basic research in stem cell biology and tissue regeneration, and to translate discoveries into new stem cell-based therapies.

CSCI sponsors a monthly Stem Cell Seminar Series with leaders in the field, a bi-monthly Work-In-Progress (WIP) Talk from CSCI trainees, a monthly faculty meeting for CSCI members, and various specialty events, including a monthly Happy Hour, to promote scientific exchanges and foster collaborative interactions among faculty and trainees in formal and informal settings. CSCI provides technical support with its Stem Cell Core Facility for cell derivation and gene editing, and its Flow Cytometry Core Facility for single cell isolation and analyses. CSCI also supports its members with seed funds and preferential access to its core facilities.

CSCI supports teaching about stem cells and regenerative medicine, engages in ethical discussion, and promotes outreach and public education regarding the promise of the field and the potential of stem cells for human treatment. We invite you to support our work with donations.