The mission of the Stem Cell Core facility is to engage scientists at Northwestern University and the greater Chicago Biomedical Consortium and enable them to do stem cell-based research. It is currently managed by Dr. Angel Alvarez under the scientific direction of Dr. Evangelos Kiskinis and funded by the Feinberg School of Medicine.

The facility encompasses approximately 800 square feet of lab space and is perfectly equipped to allow for the culture of human embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). We offer technical support in basic culturing techniques of human ES and iPS cells, including focused training sessions; we provide lab space and equipment for researches that want to engage in stem cell-based projects; we generate patient-specific iPSCs through a range of different technique by reprogramming somatic cell types including skin-derived fibroblasts and blood cells; we perform precise gene editing in pluripotent stem cells using CRISPR/Cas9 and we provide general consulting and support for iPSC-based disease modeling projects.