CSUN-UCLA Stem Cell Scientist Training Program

CSUN student with other center trainees
CSUN-UCLA Stem Cell Scientist Training Program participant, Osvaldo A. Miranda (right), with other center trainees Chris Seet (left) and Joanna Gell (middle)

Overview

The CSUN-UCLA Stem Cell Scientist Training Program was initially funded in late 2009 with a three-year $1.6 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The goal of the program is to prepare 10 California State University Northridge (CSUN) students per year for research careers in stem cell biology. The first cohort of students to participate in the program began their training in 2010. The initial grant, which funded undergraduate and graduate students, was renewed twice, once in 2013 for $1.7 million and again in 2016 for $576,000. A new five-year grant currently funds only undergraduates and enrolls 10 CSUN students annually from 2017 through 2022. Total funding for the entire program exceeds $6.7 million.

The CSUN-UCLA Stem Cell Scientist Training Program funds full-time immersion internships, allowing CSUN students to conduct independent research under the guidance of esteemed UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center faculty who are leaders in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Students also participate in semester-length courses at CSUN, advancing their knowledge of high-tech laboratory skills and the latest stem cell technologies.

Interested applicants should visit the program's CSUN webpage for more information.

UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center faculty interested in hosting a CSUN student in their lab as a part of this program should contact Dr. Cindy Malone at cmalone@csun.edu for information.