Bryce Binstadt

Professor, Division Director, Fellowship Program Director, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
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 and rheumatic disease pathogenesis.

The main area 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, similar to patients with rheumatic heart disease or systemic lupus erythematosus. Current projects seek to understand how macrophages, fibroblasts, and endothelial cells promote progression of cardiac valve inflammation and fibrosis.

A second project focuses on developing and testing novel inhibitors of the arthritis-promoting cytokine TNF.

A new collaborative project explores cardiovascular inflammation that occurs in lysosomal storage diseases, particularly mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS-I).

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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