Grade – 9th to 12th
|Format/ Schedule||Vacation / Summer and Spring Break|
|2020 Dates||Spring break: March 30th – April 3rd and April 6th – April 10th. Summer: June 15th – June 19th and July 20th – July 24th.|
|Eligibility||Intro to Stem Cell Systems is an introductory hands-on program, open to both residential and international students. It is suited to science enthusiasts with a basic understanding of cell and molecular biology. No prior laboratory experience is required to take this course. Applicants must have passed high-school Math, English and Biology or equivalent courses with a grade C or above. Students are required to arrange their own transportation to and from the program.|
|Admission||Eligible students are accepted on a first-come-first-served rolling basis up to 1 week before the course start date. Additional questions? Click here to learn more about our general admissions policy or call us at 310-483-3651.|
Intro to Stem Cell Systems is an introductory five-day course that explores the exciting science of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Designed for entry-level scientists, this innovative program provides foundational training in bioscience techniques and essential principles in human stem cell biology. Participating students study the three-major human stem cell systems – adult, cancer and pluripotent, through laboratory classes and engaging college-level lectures covering the science, history and ethics of stem cell research. They learn modern skills used by a variety of bioscience professionals, working hands-on in a biotech laboratory with cancer, neural and induced pluripotent stem cells.
Each day of the program focuses on a different aspect of stem cell biology, transporting students on a stimulating journey from basic discovery to therapeutic translation. Course participants are also introduced to independent research skills, during "stem cell fact or fiction" – an interactive lecture-discussion which demonstrates real-life methods for finding published research and applying scientific data to debunk stem cell myths. The program ends with a career development seminar focusing on the many career paths available to bioscientists, led by science professionals with academic and industry experience. This unique course is suited to any motivated science student with an interest in learning more about stem cell research and its current real-world application.
Intro to Stem Cell Systems focuses each day on the following topics in stem cell science:
Day 1: Basic stem cell biology and stem cell culture techniques
– College-level lectures
*Intro to stem cell systems provides practical training in: BSL-2 lab safety procedures, stem cell culture, aseptic technique, tissue microdissection, cell derivation, stem cell isolation, electroporation, antibody labeling and microscopy (phase contrast and fluorescent).