Pre-Doctoral Training Program


The objective of the Stem Cell Biology (SCB) Program is to offer graduate students a curriculum focused on the study of stem cells. The program addresses stem cell biology in four broad research areas:

The SCB program has a broad range of faculty members from many different departments throughout the NYU School of Medicine, all having common research goals focused on stem cells. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of stem cell biology while working in a highly interactive and collaborative research environment and conducting cutting edge research in this rapidly evolving field. The SCB program provides training through coursework, scientific interactions, and research to provide exposure to both basic and clinical aspects of stem cell biology. The overall goal of the program is to provide quality training to produce successful scientists within the field of stem cell biology.


The Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology was established at the New York University School of Medicine in January of 2005. The Stem Cell Biology (SCB) program is in its first year up and running. The program combines faculty members from throughout the NYU School of Medicine (NYUSoM) that have a common research interest in stem cells. The program is intended to provide a greatly collaborative environment between students and faculty members throughout the school, spanning many different departments. Students will train in the laboratories of faculty members that have cross-disciplinary affiliations and expertise that bridge traditional disciplines. Students will also have access to first-rate laboratories and equipment along with shared research facilities.


Admission to the Stem Cell Biology (SCB) program will be through the Sackler Graduate Program of the School of Medicine. Students can specify on their Graduate School application that they are interested in being considered for the SCB program .


The SCB graduate program aims to promote a high level of student achievement in a supportive and interactive environment. The graduate program administration, the student’s research advisor and a faculty advisory committee all play active roles in supervising and guiding the students. First year students meet regularly with the graduate advisor of the program, Dr. E. Jane Hubbard, to discuss course choices and laboratory rotations. All students are also assigned a first year faculty mentor. Upon declaring a research laboratory the research advisor will supervise the student’s independent laboratory research and together the student and advisor chose a faculty advisory committee. The thesis advisory committee meets at least once a year or more often, as determined during the committee meeting. Members of the Faculty Advisory Committee are actively involved in student mentoring and offer the student advice and different points of view. Furthermore, the faculty mentors can provide independent and in-depth evaluation of the student.

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