IRRI was founded in September 2012 to promote research, education, and teaching in the field of tissue regeneration. IRRI boasts the following strengths and distinguishing characteristics:
1) Broad-based and transdisciplinary faculty whose research spans the spectrum from basic biological investigation to translational implementation in the clinic. IRRI consists of a core group of over 20 research faculty at SDSU from Biology and Engineering, UCSD, the private sector in San Diego, and internationally renown colleagues around the world.
2) Significant extramural funding recognized by millions of dollars of support from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, the National Science Foundation, and more.
3) Profound investment in teaching the next generation of regeneration researchers at all levels including undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows as well as junior faculty.
4) Proven leadership in regenerative research with SDSU receiving a multi-million dollar Program Project Grant (PPG) from NIH led by Dr. Mark Sussman at SDSU. The collaborative effort focuses multiple laboratories from SDSU and UCSD on a shared goal of understanding the fundamental processes of heart protection and regeneration with a long-term vision for therapeutic strategies.
IRRI is located at SDSU, which provides additional benefits including the following:
· SDSU is in the top 12% in national funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
· SDSU is relatively unique given the combination high research output combined with being an open access University with high diversity amongst our undergraduates (50.7% under-represented populations. SDSU ranked 6th in the nation for bachelor’s degrees given to Hispanics in 2010.