Formal Training

The program will be tailored to each scholar's needs with a strong core curriculum augmented by mentored research, elective courses, and special experiences. Fellows will have the opportunity to enroll in the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program and graduate with an M.S. in Clinical/Translational Research.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum will include:

  1. Basic Research Skills — where study design, grant writing, responsible conduct of research, and an overview of research methods is addressed;
  2. Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Stem Cell Research — where the social, legal and ethical aspects of stem cell research is explored through readings, on-line tutorials, didactic presentations, and interactive sessions between students and faculty;
  3. Stem Cell Biology and Medicine — an introduction to embryonic, fetal, and adult stem and progenitor cells; stem cell niches; ontogeny and stem cells; isolation and characterization of stem and progenitor cells; therapeutic applications; and other related topics;
  4. Leadership Training and Academic Survival Skills — with a focus on training in time management, conflict resolution, personnel management, work-life balance, and academic planning.

Elective Courses

Other related UC Davis courses are tailored to the needs of the individual scholars and based on the research area, graduate group requirements, and as advised by the faculty mentors.

Additional Program Activities

Include journal clubs, symposia, seminars, and an annual retreat.