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Intro to Stem Cell Systems

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Grade – 9th to 12th

Course Information
Age 15-18
Format/ Schedule Vacation / Summer
Location Torrance, CA
 2023  Dates Summer: June 12th – June 16th;  July 10th – July 14th;  July 31st – August 4th
Duration 5 Days
Times 10.00am–3.30pm, Monday-Friday
Class size 6
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.
Course Details

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
Day 2: Cancer stem cells
Day 3: Pluripotent stem cells
Day 4: Adult stem cells
Day 5: Application of human stem cells in research, medicine and therapy / Independent research skills


– College-level lectures
– Hands-on lab classes
– Cutting edge techniques*
– Guest speakers
– Literature research
– Career education
– Networking with professional science mentors
– Biotech exposure

*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).

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1 review for Intro to Stem Cell Systems

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oge Ogbogu

    This program was one of the best experiences I have had. I had the opportunity to not only learn about stem cells and their applications, but I was given a chance to practice some of this research in the laboratory and learn valuable skills. The knowledge that I took away I am still using today in school and increased my interest and curiosity in this new field of science – Oge Ogbogu, 2018 student.

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