Our Mission

Mission Statement

The Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology (VCSCB) is a participation-based entity that brings together investigators interested in stem and/or progenitor cell biology. By stimulating scientific interactions, we strive to broadly propel and elevate the generation of new knowledge related to tissue and organ development with strong emphasis on the cellular and genetic mechanisms that regulate cell fate specification, plasticity and maintenance.

Goals and Activities

Our goal is to advance individual and team-based research activities that relate to stem and progenitor-cell biology. To do so, we place a high priority on graduate and post-doctoral training, the exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge, and the oversight of two shared resources that provide access to critical technology. To enhance graduate and post-doctoral training, we co-operate with the trans-institutional Vanderbilt Program in Developmental Biology, led by Dr. Chris Wright. To exchange state-of-the-art knowledge, we organize and host the bi-weekly SPRING seminar series, and periodically bring in external speakers, either in co-operation with the departmental Cell & Developmental Biology seminar series, or by organizing day-long VCSCB Symposia with internationally renowned speakers. To provide easy access to key technological tools and strategies, both the Vanderbilt Genome-Editing Resource (VGER) and Creative Data Solutions (CDS) reside within this Center.

Core Principle

We are dedicated to training the next generation of scientists. This requires that we place a high priority on discovery science, creative scholarship, effective communication, and high-impact publication.


Mark Magnuson, M.D., Director
Chris Wright, D. Phil., Associate Director

Executive Committee

Ed Levine, Ph.D.
Ethan Lippmann, Ph.D.
Mark Magnuson, M.D.
Michelle Southard-Smith, Ph.D.
Chris Wright, D. Phil.

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