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Ph.D. Program

Regenerative Sciences Track

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.

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 (REGS) Ph.D. track 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. The REGS Ph.D. track evolved from the Mayo Clinic Regenerative Sciences Training Program (RSTP)


The Regenerative Sciences 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.

See the full Regenerative Sciences Track curriculum (PDF)

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

Learn more: What is Regenerative Medicine - Mayo Clinic Radio

Focus areas

  • Molecular and epigenetic mechanisms of stem and progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation, as well as tissue degeneration and regeneration
  • Immune responses to viral insult and tissue healing
  • Gene editing for cell therapy applications and to alter disease progression
  • Extracellular vesicles in disease progression and for tissue regeneration
  • Tissue engineering and bioengineering of novel therapies, including 3-D printing, electrospinning, and advanced biomanufacturing

Meet the director

Isobel Scarisbrick, Ph.D.Welcome to Regenerative Sciences at Mayo Clinic, where we offer cross-disciplinary graduate studies in the development of advanced regenerative technologies and their medical applications. Students will be equipped with the tools to innovate and advance the regenerative solutions of the future.

Training opportunities extend from fundamental science principles through laboratory skills and hands-on experiences. Students will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of national and international regulatory agencies, and business requirements and procedures needed to implement the discovery, translation, application pipeline for new regenerative technologies.

We are excited to provide a program of training that will serve as an incubator to develop the next generation of leaders in regenerative science and medicine.

Isobel Scarisbrick, Ph.D.
Regenerative Sciences Track Director
Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Phone: 507-284-0124
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