Bruce A. Bunnell, Ph.D.
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.

Research Interests

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

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Academic Training


University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 1990

Postdoctoral Research

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1990-1993

Senior Staff Fellow

National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, 1993-1997

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1997-2002

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA,  2002-04

Associate Professor

Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, 2004-2007


Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, 2007-present

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000