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Stem Cell Training program

Training Faculty
Program Components and requirements
How to apply – Prospective students
How to participate – Current students, postdocs and fellows
Contact information


The Stem Cell Training Program is a university-wide initiative that provides educational and research opportunities in the interdisciplinary field of stem cell biology. Broad research areas include:

  • Stem cells in development and in the adult
  • Stem cell niches
  • Pluripotency and lineage specification
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Reprogramming
  • Disease modeling
  • Cancer and stem cells
  • Bioengineering
  • Systems Biology
  • Ethics

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Training Faculty

The training faculty includes outstanding scientists who are engaged in research related to all aspects of stem cell biology and cell differentiation. Training faculty are affiliated with multiple basic and clinical departments on both the Columbia Morningside and the Columbia Medical School campuses (Departments of Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Dentistry, Dermatology, Engineering, Genetics and Development, Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, Neurology, Neuroscience, Opthamology, Orthopedics, Pathology and Cell Biology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, and Systems Biology). The stem cell training faculty are highly interactive and share a deep commitment towards mentoring. Click here for list of participating faculty.

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Program Components and requirements

The Training Program consists of several interrelated components: 1) academic course work; 2) research training; 3) seminar programs; and 4) participation in CSCI Stem cell day

  1. Academic course work

    Stem cell biology (Spring 2014; Wednesdays 2 - 4:30pm)
    Topics will include:
    Basic stem cell biology
    Endogenous stem cells
    Stem cell niche
    Differentiation of pluripotent stem cells in vitro
    Ethics discussions
    How to move stem cell research into the clinic (FDA)

    Journal discussion (Spring 2015; Wednesdays 2 - 4:00pm)
    Classic stem cell studies
    Emerging areas of research
    Innovative methods
    Hot topics in stem cell research

Monthly external seminar series
Wednesdays, 11am
Neurological Institute Auditorium

Monthly internal seminar series
2nd Monday of each month, 3:30pm
Hammer Health Science Building 312

Stem Cell Day
April 1st, 2014
Milstein Heart Center

Stem Cell TopHow to apply – Prospective students

Students wishing to apply to the Stem Cell graduate program at Columbia University need to submit an application in the Cell and Molecular Biology Sciences (CMBS) integrated graduate program ( and choose the Stem Cell track from the drop down menu. The admissions requirements for the program are listed on this site. For additional information about the graduate program, contact Lori Sussel ( It is important to note that all incoming CMBS students will also have access to the courses and training offered by the stem cell training program once admitted to Columbia graduate school.

Stem Cell TopHow to participate – Current students, postdocs and fellows

Current students, postdocs and fellows, regardless of their research affiliation are eligible to register for the stem cell course and/or journal club, although class size will be limited to 20 students. Priority will be given to graduate students participating in the CMBS Stem Cell track. All interested students, postdocs and fellows are also encouraged to attend the external and internal CSCI seminar series and the Annual Stem Cell Day research symposium.

General Contact Information

For more information about training programs, please contact Lalena Luna, executive assistant to Dr. Passegué, at or Dr. Barbara Corneo, Director of the Stem Cell Core facility, at



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