The San José State University Stem Cell Internships in Laboratory-based Learning (SJSU SCILL) is a consortium with a mission to train graduate students to accelerate stem cell translational research and therapy development. During the first year of training, students will obtain a foundational laboratory-based education in stem cell biology and coursework in regulatory affairs and therapy development. Students will also engage in patient interaction activities, and develop and implement an outreach program to share their knowledge and expertise with their communities that will promote awareness of stem cell research and therapies. During the second year SJSU SCILL students will complete a workshop in human ESC, and then enter a 12-month research internship at one of our academic (Stanford University or UCSC), or corporate (Biotime Inc or Stem Cell Theranostics) or clinical applications institutions (Parkinson’s Institute).
Over the last seven years the SJSU SCILL program will have graduated 70 students with a Master’s degree and advanced training in stem cell biology. More than 92% of our graduates are employed in biotech, academia or health-related graduate programs, and about 51% of them work directly in stem cell research. SJSU SCILL has institutional support that will expand the number of trainees funded by CIRM up to 52 over five years. We are committed to educate outstanding professionals from among the diverse populations of California that will advance CIRM mission.