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CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Awards

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)


The goal of SFSU's CIRM Bridges program is to train students to enter research careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. In collaboration with UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and the Buck Institute of Regenerative Medicine, this CIRM Bridges program will train students through the Masters of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology.

This SFSU CIRM program will provide a comprehensive slate of lab and lecture courses, research internships, professional mentoring, and community service opportunities to ensure that our students possess not only scientific and technical proficiency but also a thorough grasp of the ethical implications of the technology and the ability to communicate effectively with a general as well as a scientific audience.

The research internships will provide students with training in state-of-the-art facilities in the laboratories of three premiere institutions at the forefront of stem cell research. Students completing this program will gain knowledge and the experience necessary to work with both federally and non-federally registered stem cell lines. Our graduates from this master's program will be fully prepared to contribute to the growth of a vibrant stem cell industry that is fully reflective of the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives in our state.

Program Highlights

2-year Master of Science program in Cell and Molecular Biology

Integrated program of academic course work in stem cell biology, ethics, and science writing

1-week stem cell lab training course at Buck Institute of Regenerative Medicine

18-month master thesis research project in stem cell biology

Research opportunities at UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Buck Institute of Age Research

Mentoring from research faculty, academic faculty, graduate students and peers

$30,000 stipend in second year of the program contingent on successful completion of academic course work (funding is subject to CIRM renewal).

Research activities include lab meetings, journal clubs, retreats, and opportunities to attend and present research at national meetings

Participating Institution(s):
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San Francisco State University (Lead)
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Cellular Biology
General Medical & Life Sciences
Genetics & Genomics
Medical Sciences
Molecular Biology

Developmental Biology
Stem Cell Research

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Page last updated 9/11/2019
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