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Bruce A. Bunnell, PhD

(University of Alabama, Birmingham 1990)


Director of the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy


Research Interests

Adult Stem Cells: Mesenchymal Stem Cells (Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue), Neural Stem Cells, Hematopoietic Stem Cells, Neurodegenerative Disorders (Krabbe’s disease, Sandhoff’s disease),
Diabetes and Aging, Animal Models (Mouse and Nonhuman primate)


Academic Training

PhD: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 1990
Postdoctoral Research: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1990-1993
Senior Staff Fellow: National Human Genome Research Inst., NIH 1993-1997
Assistant Professor: Dept. of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, 1997-2002
Assistant Professor: Dept. of Pharmacology, Tulane Univ School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA,  2002-04
Associate Professor: 2004-2007
Professor: 2007-present



Department of Pharmacology 8683, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112-2699. tel 504-988-3329 or 985-871-6594; fax 504-988-5283 or 985-871-6564;



Pubmed listing of Dr. Bunnell's research publications.

More Information on Dr. Bunnell's Research Interests:

Dr. Bunnell is interested in cell and gene therapies for lysosomal storage diseases, specifically Krabbe’s and Sandhoff’s disease. His group has isolated and is characterizing mouse and nonhuman primate 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 distinct populations. His laboratory has also successfully isolated neural stem cells from the brain of nonhuman primates. He is presently focused on delineating the similarities and major differences between mesenchymal and neural stem cells for the treatment of these diseases in the CNS.

1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-83, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5444