About the Program

Seeking to spur development of innovative medical breakthroughs, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, in partnership with the Center for Regenerative Medicine, started one of the nation's first doctoral research training programs in regenerative sciences.

The Regenerative Sciences Training Program at Mayo Clinic is a transdisciplinary Ph.D. program designed to prepare the next generation of scientists to accelerate the discovery, translation and application of cutting-edge regenerative diagnostics and therapeutics.

Regenerative medicine is transforming clinical practice with the development of new therapies, treatments and surgeries for patients with chronic conditions, debilitating injuries and degenerative diseases. Advances in developmental and cell biology, immunology, and other fields unlock new opportunities for innovative breakthroughs for the next generation of regenerative diagnostic and therapeutic medical solutions.

The Regenerative Sciences Training Program curriculum encompasses the full spectrum of regenerative science topics, including molecular and cell biology, biomedical engineering, translational science, and more. Learn more about the program's dynamic, evolving curriculum.

Graduates of the Regenerative Sciences Training Program will be integral to forming the multidisciplinary workforce needed to drive the future of health care at Mayo Clinic and across the world.

Focus areas

Research interests of students in the Regenerative Sciences Training Program at Mayo Clinic include:

  • Enhancing the natural, self-healing processes of the body. Students focus on strategies such as improving wound healing, reducing scarring and harnessing the immune system to prevent cancer and autoimmunity.
  • Analyzing genomic, proteomic and epigenomic data. Students undertake large-scale mathematical analyses to better understand and regulate the body's natural, self-healing processes.
  • Expanding opportunities for organ and tissue transplants. Students investigate ways to overcome the ongoing donor shortage, the need for immunosuppression and challenges with organ rejection.
  • Regenerating organs and tissues via cell-based (stem cell) therapy. Students learn how to use cell products such as growth factors and utilize electronic devices, bioengineered scaffolds, artificial tissues and electronics to replace and restore organ and tissue function.

Eligibility

The Regenerative Science Training Program is open to Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students who have been accepted to Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Students are eligible to apply for the Regenerative Sciences Training Program at the end of year one of their Ph.D. training, after they have selected a thesis lab and thesis topic. Students in any of Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences' seven academic tracks and at all Mayo Clinic campuses are eligible for the Regenerative Sciences Training Program.

Students do not need to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For more information on how to apply, contact the Regenerative Sciences Training Program Director Karen E. Hedin, Ph.D.

Leadership

The Regenerative Sciences Training Program at Mayo Clinic is led by:

  • Karen E. Hedin, Ph.D.
    • Director, Regenerative Sciences Training Program
    • Associate Director of Education, Center for Regenerative Medicine
  • Richard E. Hayden, M.D.
    • Director of Education, Center for Regenerative Medicine
  • Andre Terzic, M.D. Ph.D.
    • Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine