PATHWAYS TO STEM CELL SCIENCE
About Pathways to Stem Cell Science
Pathways to Stem Cell Science is a unique laboratory-based non-profit training institute in Los Angeles California. We offer real-world training in contemporary bioscience skills to students and early career scientists through innovative hands-on courses involving human stem cells. We also support public education and outreach and provide career guidance to students who are interested in forging bioscience careers. Located in a biotech incubator, we are one of the only industry-based educational programs for K-12 and college students, in the world.
At Pathways to Stem Cell Science we believe bioscience is an applied subject which should be taught in a professional laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists. This kind of real-world training has profound benefits for the social, academic and technical development of students, fostering confidence and improved problem-solving abilities, while addressing the industries need for a trained laboratory workforce. We prepare aspiring scientists for higher education and employment through sophisticated training in essential lab techniques that are widely sought after by the bioscience industry. Our novel and proprietary programs also equip students with specialized skills for the rapidly growing cutting-edge fields of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
Course participants enjoy the rare opportunity to learn in a professional bioscience laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment alongside experienced scientists who are also exceptional teachers. Besides offering a unique biotech industry experience, we also connect students to academic and medical scientists via a wide array of partnerships with universities, hospitals and research institutes. Our courses offer the same personalized training as laboratory internships through small classes taught by multiple course instructors. Using the correct balance of classroom and laboratory-based teaching we enable students to do more than just learn about stem cells in lectures – they learn with stem cells working hands-on in modern research facilities.
All of our programs are adapted from professional training courses designed for postdoctoral and industry scientists. Our curriculum has been tested and refined in accredited degree programs at six universities, including USC where it was originally developed nine years ago by Pathways to Stem Cell Science founder, Dr. Victoria Fox. Participating students work with a variety of human stem cells while experiencing life as a professional scientist. At the end of their course, they leave with a certificate of completion, letters of recommendation and real skills to add to their resume.
In addition to providing high-quality bioscience training we also coach students in professional work skills and hold career development seminars focusing on the many career paths available to bioscience graduates. These seminars provide a rare insight into career development from professional scientists who know what it takes to forge a successful science career. Equipped with unique skills and real-world exposure, our graduates gain a competitive edge and the capacity to make informed decisions about their education and career choices. With our support and guidance, they go on attend top-tier universities, purse professional science careers and make measurable contributions to the field of stem cell research.
More than just a STEM enrichment program, we kick start the careers of aspiring scientists and enhance the technical abilities of college graduates, through sophisticated training in marketable skills for all career stages. By providing opportunities for fee paying students and scholarships for the traditionally underserved we also increase diversity in the sciences and bring together students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds.
Apply to one of our courses today and gain real-world experience with human stem cells an innovative entrepreneurial biotech setting.
Pathways to Stem Cell Science offers the Early Investigator High School (EiHS) Stem Cell Research Program for budding scientists who are interested in gaining real-world experience in human stem cell laboratories. Originally founded at USC, this nationally recognized program equips students with critical skills for tackling higher education and gaining undergraduate research internships. EiHS fellows enjoy a range of benefits from enhanced college applications to career counseling by professional scientists. They enter top-tier universities as highly competitive students with advanced problem solving and interpersonal skills, inspired and ready for a future career in bioscience science.
Pathways to Stem Cell Science is a leading provider of technical training for college students attending the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program. We provide a comprehensive course in current techniques for deriving, differentiating and maintaining human pluripotent stem cells. Our program features unique training in laboratory set up and regulatory affairs. We also provide on-going consultation at no extra charge for students who work with pluirpotent stem cells during their research internship. Taught in a purpose built training laboratory in LA’s leading bioincubator our course provides a unique industry learning environment to complete an outstanding educational experience.
Bioscience is an applied subject requiring advanced laboratory training in modern facilities taught under the guidance of qualified scientists. This kind of real-world exposure is not an optional luxury or extracurricular activity - it is an integral part of training to be a bioscientist. We believe students cannot make informed decisions about their education or career choices without experiencing their chosen profession first-hand. Only real-world exposure to a professional bioscience work-place provides this opportunity.
We prepare students for higher education and employment by immersing them in hands-on courses involving human stem cells, which provide real-world training in technical, professional and social skills.
Why Focus on Stem Cells?
In addition to being among the fastest growing bioscience industries, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine intersect with almost every field of biomedical research. Owing to their unique ability to create all of the cells in the adult body, human stem cells are used widely in biomedical research to understand the development and physiology our organ systems, providing critical insights into how the body functions, malfunctions and repairs itself after being damaged. Stem cells also offer a fascinating platform for future scientists to learn essential lab techniques required throughout the bioscience sector.
High School Students
For educational organizations intereste in offering specialized training programs, Pathways to Stem Cell Science has a custom course design service. Taylored to your unique specifications, we create educational programs focusing on not only stem cell biology and regeneative medicine but also a wide range of broadly applicable biomedical skills, including basicregualtory affairs, facility management and more. Our training consultants have expertise in designing educational programs for all ages from Kindergarten to post graduate scientists. Featuring lectures, laboratory classes and custom learning platoforms our courses provide a valubale addition to any science based educational progam.
Pathways to Stem Cell Science offers a one-day field trip for students aged 15 or older to work hands-on with human cancer stem cells. Taught in a purpose built industry training laboratory in LA’s leading biotech incubator our field-trip provides a unique opportunity for students to experience a real-world bioscience environment. Participating students take part in basic lab classes learning real-life procdures for culturing and analyzing human stem cells. They attend college style lecture-discussions and hear about bioscience career development from trained professional industry scientists. With our affordable tuition and free pass for teachers, our stem cell field trip is the perfect choice for your next school outing.
What our Students Say
"Bobby’s participation in the EIHS program ranks as a key highlight of his high school experience. He was able to work directly with Dr. Gregor Adams and his team, investigating the impact of knocking out the gene SDF1 in stromal cells. This was not only a professional, but a personal quest—Bobby’s uncle, one of my younger brothers, had been diagnosed with an unusual cancer the year before, and so Bobby felt a deep connection on multiple levels to the work. He proved an enthusiastic and active participant in the laboratory, where he did hands-on research.
Dr. Fox and her team have put together an incredible program that offers high school students an unparalleled opportunity to be involved in significant, cutting-edge work. Our son’s experience at EIHS was transformative. He not only learned valuable laboratory research skills—he gained a true appreciation for the importance of collaboration in research and its enormous potential to save lives, and he is now inspired to do more".
“Young people learn science best by doing science; there is no substitute for authentic research. Four years ago, we felt honored and privileged to help shape the EiHS program, and to send a few Harvard-Westlake aspiring scientists to the inaugural summer session. During the ensuing summers, about a dozen of our students have participated in EiHS research, and for every one of them it was a transformative experience, one that shaped their perception of the nature of scientific inquiry and strengthened their desire to become scientists.”
"Our students struggle each day in making it to school because of the demographics and the city in which they live. What keeps them going is their education, which they have embraced knowing that it will lead to a better life in the future.
The excitement and encouragement that comes from being part of hands-on scientific research is an overwhelming experience for my students. My students have definitely been inspired by the EiHS Stem Cell Research Program and most of the parents at our school are also excited about the opportunity. All of the Lifeline students that have graduated from the program have been inspired to attend a university or college"
"EiHS is transforming the inner city youth through its two-week program, which enables all students, regardless of socioeconomic considerations, to create beating cardiac tissue. And the eight-week Research Internship Program not only creates future scientists, but also motivates those students in their application to the finest universities in the country. In the premier state for Stem Cell research, EiHS is now the authority and premier brand in stem cell education. For our family: philanthropy well spent."
The EiHS Stem Cell Internship Program enables a group of very well-rounded high school students to have the opportunity to be part of a research team investigating new issues in science. Personally, I believe that it was a fascinating once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which changed my life for the better. During the first week of training in the Stem Cell Core facility we were introduced to different techniques and procedures that will helps us through the course. I learned and got to witness very interesting things which shaped my future career path. Additionally, during the program we were placed with our respected mentors. They guided us in our projects, and helped my feel more certain about the school and work I want to do in the future.
It was experience that I will never forget. It gave me a view on a lot of things that I never even knew existed. I give a special thanks to Dr. Victoria Fox who has given me the opportunity to be a part of this unforgettable experience.
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