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Pictured above: Photo of ribbon cutting at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research dedication ceremony. Photo courtesy of IUPUI Special Collections and Archives.

Wells Center History

Named after Herman B Wells, former president and chancellor of Indiana University and a member of the Riley Memorial Association for more than 50 years, the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research provides a rich environment for scientific discovery through collaborative basic science research, novel translational approaches, unique clinical partnerships and outstanding training.

Since its inception in August 1991, the Wells Center has grown from its four original researchers to nearly 40 principal investigators and more than 200 faculty, trainees and support staff. In 1997, an expansion of the Wells Center doubled the its size to over 27,000 square feet.

The rapid growth of the center continues as its investigators gain national recognition for their work. Today, the Wells Center encompasses eight thematic research programs housed in nearly 75,000 square feet of research and professional workspace.  Its newest addition, the Gene and Cell Therapy program, launched in May 2018.

Leadership History

In 2000, Mary Dinauer, MD, PhD, was named director of the Wells Center. Dinauer served until 2008, when Mervin C. Yoder, MA, MD  assumed leadership of the center. In August 2017, Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD, became director of the Wells Center and served through October 2019. In November 2019, Reuben Kapur, PhD, was named the interim director of the Wells Center.