Bruce A. Bunnell is a Professor of pharmacology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate education at the Purdue University and his graduate training in molecular genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ala, USA (Ph.D. degree, 1990). He did his postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan and advanced training as a Senior Staff Fellow at the National Human Genome Research Center at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bunnell held faculty positions at the Ohio State University (1998–2002). He joined the School of Medicine at Tulane University in 2002. His research interests have focused on the development of gene and stem cell-based therapies for lysosomal storage diseases (Krabbe disease) and stroke. To this end, he focused on the development of cell therapy strategies for the treatment of these disorders. His research laboratory is currently isolating and characterizing mesenchymal stem cells from both bone marrow and adipose tissues. His laboratory group is currently working to define the biologic properties and differentiation potential of these stem cells. His laboratory has also successfully isolated neural stem cells from the brain of nonhuman primates. He presently focuses on delineating the similarities and major differences between mesenchymal and neural stem cells for the treatment of these diseases in the CNS.
Biography Updated on 20 May 2010