UC Davis Stem Cell Training Program
If you are interested in pursuing a career in research, just starting out, or looking to supplement your scientific training, there are opportunities at UC Davis and throughout the state.
CIRM Bridges Program
The CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Awards are training the next generation of stem cell scientists and laboratory technicians by funding courses and research internships for undergraduates and masters-level students. At the 2011 CIRM Bridges Trainee Meeting, 160 students from the 16 Bridges programs presented posters that describe the research results from their internships and learned about career opportunities in stem cell science.
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CIRM High School Creativity Program
This summer course is an introduction to human stem cell biology with specific emphasis on adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. Topics will include how stem cell sre isolated or generated, how they are cultured, and how theare are used for regenerative therapies. In adidtion, students will learn about Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and how to manufacture human stem cells. Students obtain a certificate at the end of the course.
- Discern the differences between embryonic, induced pluripotent, and adult stem cells
- Learn stem cell culture techniques and applications
- Explore current therapies for human diseases using stem cells
- Become familiar with federal regulations and good manufacturing practices
- Learn about product manufacturing within a GMP Facility.
Video: Each summer, 10 high school students are invited to work alongside scientists and research technicians in UC Davis stem cell laboratories. The program, done in collaboration with the UC Davis Teen Biotech Challenge, is designed to enable promising students to gain college-level experience and potentially inspire them to pursue science degrees and careers.
Steps for New Students
- The only way a high school student may work with us through the CIRM Creativity Program is to Win the Teen Biotech Challenge in a related category (regenerative medicine, or a few others). This takes a semester of work to build a website, working with his or her high school teacher and Dr. Judy Kjelstrom's office.
- After winning, be interested in a summer internship with us.
- Then, go through a brief treasure hunt of training and paperwork with Volunteer Services.
- Be assigned to a mentor and take Gerhard Bauer's class.
- Then the fun starts!
Postdoctoral Stem Cell Research Training Grant
The UC Davis Type I Stem Cell Training Program establishes a collaborative training experience dedicated to meeting the goals of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The overarching objective is to provide CIRM Scholars with state-of-the-art multidisciplinary team training to position them to become technically skilled, critically thinking, and collaborative scientists with successful independent research careers in stem cell biology and medicine. The training program will enroll pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students and clinical fellows (16 trainees/year). A talented pool of applicants will be selected from established graduate and clinical training programs. A formal application process overseen by an Internal Executive Committee is described, including standardized selection criteria. Faculty committed to the stem cell training program will be drawn from the UC Davis medicine, veterinary medicine, engineering, biological sciences, agriculture and environmental sciences, law, and management programs (13 lead mentors; 46 total mentors identified).
CIRM Scholars will participate in
- structured mentored research experiences;
- core curriculum including courses in basic research skills; ethical, legal, and social implications of stem cell research; stem cell biology and medicine; and leadership training;
- elective didactic and laboratory rotations;
- special experiences (journal club, stem cell seminar series, symposia, annual retreat); and
- further opportunities such as special laboratory rotations, field trips, interaction with the technology transfer office, and scholar presentations to K-12 classes and the lay public.
The program leaders, Internal Executive Committee, and External Advisory Board will oversee program administration; assure implementation of training program objectives; facilitate recruitment, selection, retention and training; and evaluate scholars and mentors.
Unique attributes of our training program include the California National Primate Research Center; biomedical engineering/in vivo imaging; collaboration with Shriner's Hospital, UC Merced, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; robust combination of campus schools; and a strong commitment to diversity and outreach, all of which add significant value to the UC Davis research and training experience for the proposed CIRM Scholars.