Program Overview

The San José State University Stem Cell Internships in Laboratory-based Learning (SJSU SCILL) is a consortium of scientists, faculty and administrative leaders from eight institutions who have made a commitment to train students at the graduate level for careers in stem cell biology.  Graduates from this program will advance and accelerate stem cell therapies, and increase community awareness about scientific and societal issues related to stem cells and regenerative medicine.

San José State University has partnered with the following instituitions:

  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Amgen
  • Notable Labs
  • Tenaya Therapeutics
  • Dorian Therapeutics
  • Neurona
  • Soteria Biotherapeutics
  • SRI International

This helps in providing students with the academic and practical laboratory experience that will prepare them for careers in stem cell research and development of novel therapies.  More than 60 stem cell researchers in this SJSU SCILL consortium are committed to educating and training students for careers in stem cell biology.

The SJSU SCILL program is designed to be completed in two years. SJSU SCILL students will take graduate laboratory courses in immunology, molecular biology, flow cytometry, and stem cell biology, as well as courses in regulatory affairs, therapy development processes, and clinical trial management. Students will also engage in patient interaction activities in various workshop and support group settings and develop a community out-reach plan to share their knowledge and their expertise in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine with their communities. Each SJSU SCILL trainee will complete 12 months of full time hands-on research in human stem cells or progenitor cells at one of our research university partners (Stanford University and UC Santa Cruz) or translational research involving stem cell product development at one of our corporate partners mentioned above. On the successful completion of the SJSU SCILL curriculum and internship, students are awarded a master’s degree and are prepared for a career in stem cell biology.

The SJSU SCILL Program has a solid track record in training stem cell professionals at a graduate level, all from among California residents and representative of the diverse ethnicities of our state. More than 95% of our students have completed the two year program. More than 90% are employed primarily in the state of California and about 50% of those are working in stem cell related fields in academia, in the biotech industry or have continued to higher advanced degrees. Through funds provided in this grant we will continue to produce outstanding scientists who will contribute to advances in stem cell therapies and promote CIRM’s vision of leadership in stem cell biology for the people of California.