Mervin Yoder, MD

Dr. Yoder completed his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at Malone University, his MA at Indiana State University, and MD at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. After completing a pediatrics residency and neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he returned to Indiana University as an assistant professor of pediatrics. Dr. Yoder was awarded tenure in 1991, promoted to professor of pediatrics, biochemisty, and molecular biology in 2000. He was subsequently named the Klingler Professor of Pediatrics and promoted to Indiana University Distinguished Professor in 2013.

Dr. Yoder previously served in numerous leadership positions at Indiana University including, Vice Chair of Basic Research in the pediatrics department, Director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Research, and internationally as past president of the International Society for Experimental Hematology and Chair of the Committee for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine for the American Society of Hematology. Dr. Yoder served on the Advisory Board for Cell Stem Cell and is active on 4 other editorial boards for journals related to hematology and stem cell biology. Dr. Yoder most recently served as Director Emeritus for the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Yoder recently joined the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Yoder’s research interests include identifying the origin and mechanisms of mobilization of circulating endothelial colony forming cells (ECFCs), identifying a method to directly program ECFCs from pluripotent stem cell-derived mesoderm precursors, and defining the role of human ECFC in promoting neoangiogenesis in a variety of ischemic injuries in animal models of human clinical disorders. Dr. Yoder has published > 300 peer-reviewed articles, edited 4 textbooks, and delivered > 200 invited lectures. His work has been supported by National Institutes of Health, March of Dimes, and American Heart Association grant funding.

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