Researcher Brigitte Arduini Named Director of Stem Cell Research Core at Rensselaer
Brigitte Arduini has been named director of the New York
Cell Research Core Facility, within the Center for
Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. Arduini previously served as director of
the Rockefeller Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Core Facility in
New York City.
Arduini, who has been overseeing the final stages of
preparation for the launch of the lab, said the facility will
open for research in later this month. The facility will be
available to stem cell researchers throughout upstate New York,
and her early work includes equipping the facility and reaching
out to stem cell researchers in the area to make them aware of
the capabilities of the facility.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Arduini join our
cutting-edge professional staff,” said Glenn Monastersky,
director of operations for the Center for Biotechnology and
Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS). “She has been active in stem
cell research, including iPS cell line generation, during five
years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of
Molecular Vertebrate Embryology at Rockefeller University,
and while serving as director of the Rockefeller Human
Pluripotent Stem Cell Core Facility. She also brings expertise
in several molecular biology research techniques and zebrafish
genetics to CBIS.”
Since her arrival, Arduini said that she has been impressed
with the array of researchers interested in using the facility.
Initial projects are expected to include investigations into
spinal cord injury repair, generation of blood vessels, neuron
development, and several projects related to musculoskeletal
development, Arduini said.
“Coming as I do from a background of research in pure
biology, it’s a very enticing opportunity for me to work with
researchers in biomaterials and engineering aspects of stem
cell science,” Arduini said. “That’s an area in the stem cell
field that isn’t yet being fully investigated, and Rensselaer
is well positioned to be a leader.”
Once the facility is open, her work will include training
researchers in stem cell science and in the use of the
facility, and managing the shared facility.
“Many of the engineers and material science researchers at
Rensselaer are interested in working with stem cells, but they
need training in how exactly the biology works,” Arduini said.
“Part of my job will be as a liaison between the world of
biology and the world of engineering, to bring them together
and train people to work with stem cells, how to culture
them, how to differentiate them, how to make new stem cell
lines, what sort of indicators they need to look for to make
sure they’re working with the cell type that they hope to work
Arduini holds a B.S. from Cornell in biology and a Ph.D.
from Ohio State University in molecular genetics.
The research core is part of the
Rensselaer Center for Stem Cell Research, which launched in
June 2012 with funding from a $2.45 million grant from the New
York State Stem Cell Science Program.
Contact: Mary L. Martialay
Phone: (518) 276-2146