Stem Cell Training Program — Goals
The UC Davis Stem Cell Training Program is a highly successful multi-institutional collaboration that includes:
- experienced, well-funded mentors;
- essential techniques and facilities relevant to basic, translational, and clinical training;
- established graduate and training programs that provide an exceptional pool of applicants;
- a robust clinical enterprise (human and veterinary), participation by all colleges/schools, an integrated academic health center, NIH Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), and exceptional infrastructure including the CIRM Translational Human Embryonic Stem Cell Shared Research Facility and Institute for Regenerative Cures;
- core facilities that provide essential equipment and expertise in stem cell biology and related areas such as animal models, bioengineering, genomics, and in vivo imaging; IRB and contractual facilitation through the CTSC; GMP; and
- a strong, collaborative culture that draws best practices to the stem cell program and fosters mentoring and strategic career development.
An emphasis on intellectual diversity and a racial-ethnic diverse scholar class enhances the program. The overarching objective of this established program is to provide scholars an integrated experience with state-of-the-art multidisciplinary team training to ensure they become productive, critical thinking, highly trained, and well-rounded collaborative scientists with research careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
This will be accomplished through integration of campus opportunities, and by partnering with UC Merced, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Faculty from colleges and schools including medicine, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, agricultural and environmental sciences, engineering, law, and management will continue to participate in the program. The program draws best practices and integrated experiences with other programs including: T32 Predoctoral Clinical Research, Mentored Clinical Research Training Program, HHMI Integrating Medicine into Basic Science, and Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health.
Unique attributes include the strategic and integrated leadership (program leaders also leaders in the CTSC Research Education and Training and Translational Programs), NCI-designated Cancer Center, Centers of Neuroscience, California National Primate Research Center, and Center for Comparative Medicine, which all add significant value and depth to the overall mentoring and research experiences.
The program supports 16 trainees (6 predoctoral, 6 postdoctoral, 4 clinical fellows). Formal training is provided through mentored research, a curriculum of established courses, a weekly journal club, seminar series, annual symposium, and annual retreat. Program effectiveness is evaluated through the CTSC.