Bryce Binstadt

Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division Director, Fellowship Program Director & Faculty Member, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology
Faculty Member, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program (Combined MD/PhD Training Program)
Director, Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)


Bryce A. Binstadt, MD, PhD, is an Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology and a Distinguished University Teaching Professor. Dr. Binstadt cares for children with arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, and related rheumatologic disorders. He heads a laboratory in the University of Minnesota's Center for Immunology focused on understanding the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases with particular emphasis on immune-mediated cardiovascular disease. He is the Director of the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program, an Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD), and Director of the Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program.

Dr. Binstadt received his MD degree from Mayo Medical School and his PhD in Immunology from Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, MN. He then completed his residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center, followed by fellowship training in Pediatric Rheumatology at Boston Children's Hospital. He served as an attending physician in the Rheumatology Program at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School as well as a research fellow in the Section on Immunology and Immunogenetics at the Joslin Diabetes Center for two years before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2007. Dr. Binstadt is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Rheumatology.

Research Summary

Autoimmunity, Innate Immunity
The Binstadt Laboratory is broadly interested in autoimmune disease pathogenesis.

One main line of investigation focuses on how systemic autoimmune diseases lead to cardiovascular inflammation and damage. We use the K/BxN T cell receptor (TCR) transgenic mouse model. K/BxN mice spontaneously develop both inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune valvular carditis. We use this model to study the effector pathways driving the cardiac valve inflammation. Current projects seek to understand the key contributions of macrophage subsets and cytokines in this model.

A second line of research focuses on the potential role of dual TCR T cells in the development of autoimmune diseases. Ongoing projects are focused on a) the contribution of dual TCR T cells to type I diabetes and other autoimmune diseases and b) engineering a dual TCRα reporter mouse.

Finally, new projects seek to understand the contribution of the nervous system to inflammatory arthritis, using the K/BxN serum-transferred arthritis model.

Current Funding Sources:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • American College of Rheumatology/Rheumatology Research Foundation

Clinical Summary

Juvenile dermatomyositis; Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; Pediatric autoimmune diseases; Systemic lupus erythematosus


MD, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN
PhD in Biological Sciences/Immunology, Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, MN

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
Boston Combined Residency Program (Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology,
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Pediatric Rheumatology, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Recognition

Minneapolis - St. Paul "Top Doctor", Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine
Outstanding Mentor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2023)
Basic Science Paper of the Year (Associate or Full Professor), Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Monthly "Top Doctors", Minnesota Monthly Magazine
Outstanding Faculty Educator Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Master Teacher Distinction, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota Center for Immunology “New Mouse Award”
Fellowship Training Award, Rheumatology Research Foundation
American College of Rheumatology Award of Distinction for Excellence in Investigative Mentoring



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