The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research conducts basic science and translational research within the Department of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, offering exceptional opportunities for collaborations between basic scientists, translational scientists and physicians.


Director, Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD


  • Increase knowledge of the causes and mechanisms of serious pediatric diseases.
  • Develop innovative approaches to diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases.
  • Provide an outstanding training environment for medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows.

Since opening in 1991, the Center has grown from four investigators and three employees to the current staff of 34 investigators and 230 staff members. Work in the Wells Center focuses on both discovery basic research and translational studies, which seek to rapidly move basic or bench research findings into the clinical setting to help heal sick children. The research programs of Wells faculty are multidisciplinary and traverse traditional clinical section boundaries.