The certificate program is designed for current students in the Master of Science in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine program at USC, who have completed the requirements for the MS degree and wish to complete a second year of study including an independent research project. Graduates from other programs and other institutions both inside and outside the U.S., who desire advanced training in this field may also be considered for admission. A smaller number of students may come from nontraditional backgrounds (business, legal, etc.) and seek specific training in this discipline in order to advance specific career paths in which they are already employed. All students are expected to already have completed undergraduate courses in cell and molecular biology.
Stem cell biology is one of the newest and most powerful approaches in biomedical science; it offers the opportunity to experimentally approach previously intractable biological questions, create models of human disease and develop cell-based therapeutics. This one-year program will give students a solid understanding of the scientific and clinical underpinnings of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
Students completing this program will be well positioned to proceed to medical or PhD programs, find laboratory or administrative employment in the growing stem cell pharmaceutical domain, or engage in public policy or regulatory administration of academic, clinical or business efforts in this expanding discipline.
California is globally recognized as the worldwide center of stem cell science, and USC has invested significantly in building the new Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, within which this certificate program is based and administered.