Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research

Wells Center History


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.

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 uniquely collaborative environment that allows innovative research and day-to-day clinical practice.

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.

The 1997 expansion of the Wells Center doubled the center’s size to 27,550 square feet, and rapid growth of the center continues as its investigators gain national recognition for their work.

Today, there are eight research programs housed in the Wells Center. 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.