Aitor Aguirre

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Office: 517-353-7072
Lab: 517-353-7071
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IQ DIVISION – Developmental and Stem Cell Biology



Aitor Aguirre is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He joined MSU from the University of California, San Diego, where he focused on large-scale metabolomics and functional genomics applied to human cardiac regeneration, development and disease states.

Dr. Aguirre obtained his B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. He obtained his Ph.D. in Material Science and Tissue Engineering at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia and the Technical University of Catalonia. He subsequently worked at the Salk Institute as a postdoc in 2011, where he made seminal contributions to our understanding of the genetic mechanisms of cell dedifferentiation, cardiac regeneration, and human development.

The Aguirre Lab

Research in the Aguirre laboratory is focused on stem cell and tissue engineering approaches to improving human cardiovascular health. They develop innovative technologies and models for engineering and repairing human hearts employing integrated approaches that include the use of pluripotent stem cells, heart organoids, in vivo cellular reprogramming and tissue engineering. The lab’s long-term goal is to create fetal and adult models of the human heart for research, therapy and technology development. These models will enable a new era of treatments for cardiovascular conditions in children and adults.

The laboratory is located inside the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) at MSU as part of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Division, and has state-of-the-art resources for stem cell and tissue engineering research.  They actively collaborating with numerous investigators at Michigan State University, the US, and around the world, and are always looking for new and exciting collaborations.

If you are interested in the Agurrie lab’s research, please visit their website for more information.