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Stem Cell Grants

The Stem Cell Program supports students, postdocs, and faculty in attending scientific conferences and workshops, as well as receiving on-site training in stem cell related techniques.

Seed Funding

CSCP seed funding grants are expected to support nascent stem cell-related research projects and to stimulate cross-disciplinary collaborations in the areas of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. In particular, we encourage proposals that address health disparities in underrepresented communities. The PI should be a faculty member of CSCP, Co-PIs can be any faculty at Cornell. Successful applicants will be asked to give a presentation after completing the proposed project. The next round of funding will take place in 2022.

Travel Awards

Requests for travel funding will be considered on an ad hoc basis. Preferential consideration for full funding will be provided to applicants presenting at stem cell meetings and workshops. A maximum of 2 applications, each for up to $1,500, is allowed per PI lab per calendar year.
To request funding, please send an email with the following information to

  1. Traveler's name and position
  2. Dates and titles of the conference/meeting/workshop
  3. The travel purpose
  4. Research abstract
  5. Estimated travel costs


Previously Funded Seed Grant Applications

2019-2020 Michelle Delco The Role of Connexins in Mitochondrial Transfer Between Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Stressed Chondrocytes
Amnon Koren Mechanisms of Replication Delays in Haploid Embryonic Stem Cells
Praveen Sethupathy Defining a new marker and driver of intestinal stem cells during early development
2018-2019 Marcos Simoes-Costa A single-cell platform for network analysis of neural crest differentiation
Daniel Berry/Anna Thalacker-Mercer/
Shu-Bing Qian
m6A mRNA Modifications in Skeletal Muscle Regeneration
2017-2018 Tudorita Tumbar/Jonathan Butcher Modeling the cross-talk between endothelial cells and epithelial stem cells in the skin using co-culturing systems with 3D-bioprinting and hemodynamic flow
Carrie Adler Elucidation of DNA damage responses in planarian stem cells
2016-2017 Claudia Fischbach/Ben Cosgrove Mechano-signaling control of invasive breast cancer stem cell phenotypes in
obesity-associated microenvironments
Andrew White Rapid In Vivo Functional Genetic Screening for Skin Cancer Development from Adult Stem Cells
2015-2016 Brian Rudd/Elia Tait Wojno/Andrew Grimson Identifying the developmental pathway for lymphoid tissue inducer (LTi) cells
Ankur Singh/Avery August Understanding the role of 3D microenvironment in human induced pluripotent stem cell-based B-cell lymphopoiesis
Nicolas Buchon/John Lis Transcriptional control of stem cell activation and differentiation in the Drosophila midgut
2014-2015 Sylvia Lee/Veerle Rottiers Germline stem cells regulation of lifespan in males and hermaphrodites in C. elegans
Minglin Ma/Shiubing Chen Developing a stem cell encapsulation therapy for type 1 diabetes
2013-2014 John Schimenti Role of PDCD2 in Diverse Stem Cells
Gerlinde Van de Walle Towards cell-free regenerative therapies: characterization of the equine mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) secretome
2012-2013 Brian Rudd Determining the role of stem cells in the maintenance of immunity
2011-2012 Jonathan Butcher/Todd Evans Engineering Cardiomyocyte Fate and Function from ESCs
Paul Soloway Determining the role of epigenetic modulation in Mbd3-mediated
alternative splicing in embryonic stem cells
2010-2011 Vimal Selvaraj Synchronized differentiation of ES and iPS cells to oligodendrocytes for treating
myelin disorders
Xiling Shen A Quantitative Study of Notch Lateral Inhibition in Asymmetric Cell Fate
2008-2009 Claudia Fischbach Analysis of TSCs therapy resistance in bioengineered 3-D culture niches
John March Training in culturing and differentiating stem cells in vitro 
Sylvia Lee Investigate the roles of HCF-1 and HCF-2 in mouse embryonic stem cell functions