The Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) aims to accelerate the use of human pluripotent stem cells and organoids to study disease and develop novel therapies, by promoting collaboration and cutting edge technologies. 

Membership Eligibility

We encourage faculty at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati that have active research programs utilizing human pluripotent stem cells, organoids and/or 3 dimensional organotypic tissue models to apply. To be eligible faculty will have publications and/or extramural funding in this area of research.

Membership Benefits

  • Opportunity to work with a collaborative team. 
  • Monthly seminars pertaining to stem cell and organoid medicine.
  • An annual symposium.
  • Subsidized use of the CuSTOM research cores including patient-derived iPSC generation and hPSC Genome Editing. 
    Cincinnati Children's faculty will also be eligible for internal accelerator grants.

CuSTOM Members Should:

  • Participate in the monthly CuSTOM Seminar and annual symposium.
  • Be willing to review accelerator grant applications.
  • Be willing to deposit iPSC lines in the CuSTOM Biobank and allow for post-publication sharing of lines.
  • Include the affiliation “Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center” in all relevant publications.
  • Acknowledgement of the use of the core facilities in research funding and publications by stating: “This work was supported by the Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center”.

How to Apply

Please send the following information via email to the CuSTOM program coordinator Olesya Rockel at

  • Current NIH Biosketch with details regarding your stem cell or organoid medicine work in the personal statement and in the contribution to science sections of the NIH Biosketch. 
  • A one-page description of your stem cell or organoid research and future goals related to CuSTOM.