Wellcome MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Wellcome MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre for stem cell research with a mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem cell biology.

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 760 240
Website: https://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/
Membership type:Cambridge University Department

Our Institute consists of 28 outstanding research groups, working across three key research themes: Stem Cell States, Stem Cells in Disease and Stem Cells & Therapeutics.  

In 2018, our investigators will come together in a purpose-built new building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The new Institute will bring together scientists from multiple disciplines, operating across many tissues and at multiple scales.  This unique set up will allow commonalities and differences in stem cell biology to be explored in a cohesive and inter-disciplinary manner.

We are:

  • Pioneering: We use new technologies for innovative research to generate deep insights into stem cell biology and address the biggest challenges facing human health
  • Collaborative: We bring together biological, clinical and physical stem cell scientists in a fully integrated, vibrant and cohesive institute
  • Visionary: We are training the next generation of stem cell scientists to continue and extend our mission into the future

More about us

Read more about our past achievements in our Annual Reviews or take a look at our current research groups and latest news.


The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is kindly funded by the following organisations:

 Funder logos July 2016

Infinite Potentials banner

International stem cell art exhibition comes to Cambridge

Stem cells have the extraordinary ability to develop into any type of cell in the body. They also have huge potential for use in the treatment of diseases and in regenerative medicine. To explore the future of stem cell research from an artistic perspective, the Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and the SciArt Center (New York) today launch a new international exhibition entitled “Infinite Potentials”.

15 June 2018Read in full

Cell staining in early mouse embryo

Matters of the heart: scientists reveal how stem cells drive cardiac development & growth

Scientists from the University of Cambridge and the Université Libre de Bruxelles have used cutting-edge technology to show for the first time how embryonic stem cells diversify to generate the progenitor cells required for the development of the heart. The researchers hope that this new understanding will pave the way for future therapeutic opportunities for infants born with heart defects and other heart diseases.

26 January 2018Read in full

 A ‘Cell Map’ of early mammalian development.

New ‘cell map’ reveals intricate details of mammalian development

Cambridge scientists have used cutting-edge technology to profile over 20,000 individual cells from the developing embryo to produce the first ‘cell map’ describing all of the major cell types present in early embryo development. The researchers used the map to identify an important new pathway involved in blood cell development and say the map could open up new avenues for medicine and drug development.

9 January 2018Read in full