The Stem Cell Engineering Center (SCEC) was established in 2010 to foster the growth of the stem cell research community at Georgia Tech. The center's mission is to cultivate collaborative relationships between the basic sciences along with investigators from various engineering disciplines to address key hurdles and technological challenges currently impeding the development of stem cell therapeutics and diagnostics. 

This center has provided the foundation for stem cell researchers to collaboratively understand the potential for novel stem cell uses, as all of the elements of stem cell research are brought together through the Stem Cell Engineering seminar series and workshops. One of the center's key elements is the Pluripotent Stem Cell Core Facility, which houses top of the line equipment needed to conduct high quality research in addition to providing training and samples for laboratories to get started in stem cell research.

What is Stem Cell Engineering?

The engineering of stem cells is a relatively new field that aims to procure novel developments in stem cell therapies, treatment options and diagnostics by manipulating elements of stem cells that have been previously difficult to control. This research aims to study cellular differentiation, phenotype analysis, bioprocessing and biomanufacturing for scalable production of stem cells and non-destructive bioanalytical techniques to measure specific stem cell properties.

Given their unique regenerative abilities, stem cells offer new potentials for treating diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. However, more research needs to be done both in the laboratory and clinically in order to understand how to use these cells for cell-based therapies in order to treat disease in the context of regenerative medicine; either cell transplantation as a therapy or use the cells to develop new drug therapies.

Grand Challenges

1) Innovate novel approaches to rapidly accelerate the translation of stem cell science discoveries into cellular and molecular therapies and in vitro diagnostic platforms.

2) Develop technologies that provide feedback to enhance & expedite basic stem cell research discoveries.

3) Build an integrated community of stem cell researchers at Georgia Tech and recruit new faculty to complement existing strengths in stem cell engineering research.

4) Provide the Georgia Tech community with local expertise, training, and resources needed to incorporate elements of pluripotent stem cell biology into their research programs.

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