About Us

The Human Stem Cell Core provides a wide range of products and services related to human pluripotent stem cell research, as well as hands-on training classes for basic and advanced stem cell culture techniques. The HSCC offers cost-effective solutions to generate and characterize novel induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells for in vitro disease modeling, employing “zero-footprint” technologies such as Sendai virus-based and episomal vector-based reprogramming. We also offer customized research support for experimental design and validation assays. 

The HSCC is a member of the Advanced Technology Core Labs (group of Baylor College of Medicine core facilities), headed by Dr. Dean Edwards, and part of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center (STaR Center), headed by Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Goodell. 

Major Equipment

  • EVOS XL and FL inverted microscope systems
  • Lonza 4D-Nucleofector gene delivery system
  • Beckman Coulter Allegra X-14R centrifuge
  • Applied Biosystems StepOnePlus Real-Time PCR system
  • MVE TEC 3000 LN2 cryostorage system

Major Products and Services

  • Various media and reagents to support human stem cell research
  • Human pluripotent stem cell culture and banking
  • Reprogramming of human somatic cells to iPS cell lines
  • Stem cell line characterization
  • Mycoplasma testing
  • Hands-on training classes and workshops
  • Consultation on experimental design


Hands-on training classes are held four times a year and can accommodate up to six students per class. Various workshops will be held throughout the year, depending on demand. See more information about the classes.

Cells and Quality Control Testing

The HSCC provides a reliable and well characterized source of undifferentiated hES cells. In addition, the core provides quality control testing of cell lines. See more information.