The objective of this core is to assist Digestive Health Center (DHC) investigators to use state-of-the-art technology of human pluripotent stem cells and organoids to advance translational research in digestive diseases. The services are provided by the staff of the Cincinnati Children's Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility (PSCF) under the leadership of Dr. Chris Mayhew and Dr. James Wells.


  • Generation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from DHC-relevant patient cells
    • iPSC derivation from fibroblast (3-6 colonies/sample)  
    • iPSC derivation from Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (3-6 colonies/sample) 
  • Directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to human intestinal organoids (HIOs)
    • Generates 12 wells (minimum 2 HIOs per well)


  • Basic Training Course in the techniques for culturing human pluripotent stem cells
  • Advanced Training
    • iPSC derivation from fibroblast
    • iPSC derivation from PBMCs                                           
    • Differentiation of hPSCs to Human Intestinal Organoids 

DHC Subsidy

  • Basic Training course to learn how to culture human pluripotent stem cells is provided by the DHC.
  • The DHC will subsidize the cost of the services at the Pluripotent Stem Cell and Organoid Core by providing 25% of the total charge with a subsidy limit of $7,000 per DHC member per year. This subsidy is subject to change based upon the availability of funds.

For more information and a complete list of services offered by the PSCF core, visit the PSCF website or email the core at

To ensure that you receive the subsidy, be sure to select a budget number that qualifies as supporting digestive disease research when prompted for the payment source in the CORES online ordering system.