Research & Education

Vials of blood in racks


The Research Division of Hoxworth Blood Center is a leader in the coordination of research projects developed for the advancement of transfusion medicine, including clinical trials for transfusion medicine-related products. These projects encompass a broad range of studies including analysis of red blood cells, platelets, plasma and evaluation of techniques that improve the quality of blood components during storage.

The research program has multiple areas of interest including basic translational and clinical research. Currently we are developing new methods to study the basic biology and regulation of adult stem cell proliferation and differentiation. Our aim is to link these studies with bioengineering processes that might allow us to develop blood products ex vivo from adult stem cells.

Our goal is to link basic research with clinical care leading to improved methods that ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of transfusion therapies.

Two major areas of focus in our laboratories are clinical research in transfusion medicine and stem cell biology.


Hoxworth Blood Center offers a Transfusion Medicine Fellowship that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This program is designed to offer physicians' career development training which will enable them to assume leadership positions as Directors/Medical Directors of regional or community blood centers or hospital transfusion services.