Stem Cell Institute gets new director

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pediatric blood and marrow transplant physician Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, has been named director of the University of Minnesota’s Stem Cell Institute, a member of the Consortium on Law and Values. He will take the helm on January 1, when the institute’s current director, Jonathan Slack, PhD, steps down to return to his native England.

Dr. Tolar's research focuses on the use of bone marrow derived stem cells for correcting genetic diseases and improving the outcomes for blood and marrow transplant patients. In 2010, he, along with the University's John Wagner, MD, and researchers from three other countries, proved for the first time that stem cells from bone marrow can repair the skin of patients with a fatal skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa. Learn more about Dr. Tolar.