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Blood Research Institute

Blood Research Institute

Our research discoveries make tangible contributions to the care of patients.

In the interconnected world of science and medicine, research is critical. Versiti’s research spans basic, translational and clinical research that focuses on blood disorders. Our research discoveries make tangible contributions to the care of patients.

Basic research is housed at the Blood Research Institute (BRI), a state-of-the-art facility that gives investigators access to cutting-edge research equipment and related specialized services. The BRI is located on the campus of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, along with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In addition to the intellectual capital and resources within Versiti, the local density of healthcare and research facilities provides us with a rich environment for biomedical research. Clinical scientists at Versiti’s Medical Sciences Institute (MSI) facilitate opportunities to identify and engage in collaborative translational research. Contract research scientists aid industry partners in custom projects that help advance innovative drugs, products and services.

Investigator Laboratory Sites

Learn more about the research of some of our investigators.

Karen-Sue Carlson MD, PhD and Nan Zhu, PhD reviewing testing results.

Karen Carlson Laboratory

Assistant Investigator Karen-Sue Carlson, MD, PhD, studies the mechanisms that direct cell development in the bone marrow.

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Weiguo Cui, PhD inspecting a sample with a fellow researcher

Weiguo Cui Laboratory

Investigator Weiguo Cui, MD, PhD, studies CD8 T cell differentiation and function.

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Illustration showing leukemia blast and lyphatic pathology.

Michael Deininger Laboratory

The Deininger lab expertise is in the translational research of leukemia and focuses on the development of targeted therapies.

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Bonnie Dittel Lab Team Group Photo

Bonnie Dittel Laboratory

Senior Investigator Bonnie Dittel, PhD, studies cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of inflammation.

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Dr. Rao and Investigator conducting research

Sridhar Rao Laboratory

The central focus of my laboratory is to understand how changes in gene expression ultimately lead to cell-fate decisions.

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2020 Research Report

Dr. Subramaniam Malarkannan

Core Labs

Specialized research services for investigators.

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Blood Research Institute researchers

Areas of Research

Programs for basic scientists and clinical scientists at Versiti.

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Versiti sponsors several seminar series and lectures throughout the year.

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Research Opportunities

We provide services to faculty in the areas of grants administration, technology transfer and more.

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Dr. Subramaniam Malarkannan and electron microscope

Technology Transfer Office

The Technology Transfer Office advances technology from across all areas of Versiti.

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Institutional Review Board

Versiti is committed to the protection of human subjects in research. Versiti affiliate BloodCenter of Wisconsin has been assigned the Federalwide Assurance number FWA#00005505 by the Office for Human Research Protections. As of May 1, 2014, the MCW/FH IRB has been designated to review all human research protocols for Versiti.


Michael W. Deininger, MD, PhD

Michael W. Deininger, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Versiti Blood Research Institute
Mike and Cathy White Endowed Chair Blood Research Institute

Karin Hoffmeister, MD Deputy Director

Karin Hoffmeister, MD

Deputy Director, Versiti Blood Research Institute
Hauske Family Endowed Chair in Glycobiology


More News
  • Unlocking novel treatments for heart attacks and strokes

    April 8, 2022 | Brian Branchford, MD; Yiliang Chen, PhD;

  • Understanding blood clot lysis, or how clots break down

    March 16, 2022 | Lisa Baumann Kreuziger, MD, MS; Renren Wen, PhD; Brian Branchford, MD;

  • Improving outcomes for children with cancer

    February 10, 2022 | Weiguo Cui, MD, PhD; Matthew Kudek, MD;


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