Broad Stem Cell Research Center Training Program

Kathrin Plath with trainees and lab
Faculty member Kathrin Plath with two trainees in her lab, Thomas Allison (middle) and Shan Sabri (right).

Overview

The UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center’s training program began in 2006 with a 9-year grant funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The training program grant was renewed in 2009 but then funding for the program was discontinued in 2015. Recognizing the importance of this critical education opportunity for the future leaders of the regenerative medicine field, the center raised philanthropic funding that enabled the continuance of the program. Currently, between 15 and 20 young UCLA scientists—graduate students, postdoctoral students and clinical fellows—committed to advancing stem cell research are selected annually to learn from and work with prominent faculty members. To complement their laboratory and research education, trainees also participate in the BSCRC’s Annual Symposium and enroll in a course (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine; M272) that discusses the science, social, legal, ethical and policy aspects of stem cell research.

An important goal of the training program is to support individuals from diverse academic backgrounds including developmental biology, cell biology, neurobiology, molecular biology, biomedical imaging, tissue engineering and clinical medicine. Criteria for review of applications include prior demonstrated interest in stem cell biology, the record of, or potential for, creative research accomplishments by the applicant, and the relevance of the proposed project to stem cell biology.

The Stem Cell Training Program is funded by generous philanthropy, including individual donors, the Rose Hills Foundation and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

Application process

A call for Letters of Intent (LOI) is circulated via email in early February of each year. Applicants whose LOIs are reviewed successfully are invited to submit a full application. Funding decisions are announced in mid June. Both LOI and full application submissions are processed electronically.

For more information about the training program and/or to add your email address to the list serve please email bscrc@mednet.ucla.edu and include “BSCRC Training Program” in the subject line.