Words from our Alumni

Max Chen, MS/SCILL Program 2021-2023

SJSU's CIRM Bridges is a unique training program for the next generation of Stem Cell Scientists. This program invests in their students' career by giving them the opportunities to get hands-on experiences and learn directly from the experts in their fields. For me, the best part of the program was seeing my professional skills develop over time, not only in laboratory research, but also in clinical research, patient care, and science communication. I am forever grateful to CIRM and SJSU for giving me the opportunity to enter the field of Stem Cell Research and Translational Medicine.

Sushmita Sen, MBT/SCILL Program 2020-2022

Paul Mack, MBT/SCILL program 2020-2022

Andrew Pae, MA/SCILL Program 2019-2021

SCILL alumnus Robert Kam

In one semester of SCILL, I feel that I have transitioned from a computer scientist to a functioning biologist. Its been a pleasure to work with the good people in SCILL

Robert Kam, MA/SCILL Program 2018-2020


My experience in the SCILL program has undoubtedly increased my interest to work in the stem cell field/industry. From the lab work, guest seminars, site visits, and patient advocacy groups; it has truly been a full circle experience.

Joan Ndungu, MBT/SCILL Program 2017-2019

As a part of the SCILL program, I was exposed to not only molecular and basic science techniques, but a unique combination of multidisciplinary experiences. This included courses that reinforced my public speaking skills, scientific ability, and expertise in clinical trials, as well as an internship that exposed me to business in biotechnology, engineering, computer science and the pharmaceutical industry. Because of the SCILL program, I am now enthusiastically pursuing a career in nanotechnology and medicine knowing that I am well-equipped and confident in my abilities.

Bryan Duoto, MS/SCILL program 2016-2018