Remembering Hal Broxmeyer

Monday, December 13, 2021

Hal Broxmeyer, Ph.D., a legendary researcher who was instrumental in pioneering the field of cord blood transplantation, died Dec. 8, 2021.


Broxmeyer, an IU Distinguished Professor and researcher at the cancer center, dedicated much of his career to advancing research related to hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, which produce new blood cells to replenish those that die or are damaged and are vital for human health. In the 1980s, he and his lab proved umbilical cord blood—which had routinely been discarded after birth—could be used as a source of hematopoietic stem cells to treat disease.

His lab processed the blood used in the first cord blood transplant in Paris and subsequent transplants in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Minneapolis.

Learn more about his pioneering work:

Broxmeyer awarded IU President's Medal

The New York Times: The Lifesaving Power in Stem Cells

Inside Indiana Business: Legendary IU researcher aims to break new ground

Dr. Broxmeyer earns prestigious $5.4 million grant

IU Medicine Magazine: Life in the Blood

A life well-lived

Dr. Hal Broxmeyer