biotech research

The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s stem cell agency, supports stem cell technology and regenerative medicine training programs. The CIRM-supported CSU Bridges to Stem Cell Research (Bridges) programs provide students with research opportunities statewide, allowing students to prove their abilities and prepare for industry jobs, graduate school or medical school.

Biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical companies and academic centers statewide are incorporating stem cells into the way they do research and development. As a result we’re seeing increasing numbers of open job positions requiring stem cell research experience as the technology advances and stem cell-related commercialization gains traction in the market.


Cal Poly Pomona and CSU Los Angeles

Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program
Cal Poly Pomona (CPP), the home institution, is collaborating with CSU Los Angeles (CSULA), to develop a quality stem cell education program. The campus partnership continues an established tradition of collaborating on industry-responsive curriculum development and promoting faculty/student interactions. There are commitments for internships in 63 research laboratories at 4 non-profit institutions (California Institute of Technology, City of Hope, The Scripps Research Institute, and University of Southern California). The internship program will be integrated into the students’ undergraduate BS (BS) or graduate (MS) programs. The internship duration will be 6 months for BS and 12 months for MS students.


CSU Fullerton

CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research (BSCR) Program


CSU Long Beach

Stem Cell Research Training Program and Stem Cell Option in Biotechnology Certificate
The Biotechnology Certificate Program at CSULB has many tracks to train students in the different facets of biotechnology, including a dedicated stem cell training option. Other options include training opportunities in biomedical laboratories at the Long Beach VA hospital and local biotechnology companies. The certificate can be earned concurrent with an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree, or alone as post-baccalaureate studies.


CSU Northridge

CSUN – UCLA Stem Cell Research Program
This inter-institutional training program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain necessary skills and qualifications to springboard into careers in stem cell research.


CSU Sacramento

Applied Stem Cell Internship program
The Applied Stem Cell Internship track is part of a Professional Science Masters (PSM) program, designed for students who wish to gain advanced coursework, hands-on research experience, and lab training in the latest stem cell techniques for careers in stem cell research or biotechnology. The program is designed to be completed in 20 months, including 3 semesters of graduate coursework at Sacramento State University, an intensive Stem Cell Techniques training course at the Buck Institute for Age Research, and a 6-month paid research internship at a participating laboratory in the UC Davis Stem Cell Program. Students will also take courses at UC Davis to augment their applied training. Upon completion of the internship, the student must complete a written project report (i.e., not a thesis).


CSU San Bernardino

Stem Cell Scholars Internship Program
CSU San Bernardino is collaborating with Riverside Community College, San Bernardino Valley College, City of Hope, UC Riverside and University of Southern California/Children’s Hospital to provide comprehensive stem cell training and research internships.


CSU San Marcos

Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program
The Bridges to the Stem Cell Research Program, based at CSUSM and in partnership with MiraCosta and Miramar Colleges, places ten students per year in full 12-month internships with host laboratories throughout the region. The Program has established internship commitments with the leaders in stem cell research in academia including the Salk Institute, the Burnham Institute, UCSD, and Scripps Institute. Students will also have the option to intern in premiere biotechnology companies including Cytori, Histogen, International Stem Cell Corporation, and Novocell.


Humboldt State University

Stem Cell Biology Training Program
The HSU-CIRM Scholars Program is designed to train motivated students for careers in the fields of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. HSU-CIRM Scholars participate in a 12 month, research intensive internship either at the Stanford University Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or the University of California, Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures.


San Diego State University

Stem Cell Research Training Program
The CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Training Program provides a unique experience for students, including a course in stem cell and regenerative biology and experience in a research laboratory at SDSU. Students also take full-time internships at various institutions in San Diego’s biotechnology community, including the Burnham Medical Research Institute, Invitrogen, Inc., Stemgent, The Scripps Research Institute and University of California at San Diego.


San Francisco State University

Stem Cell Research Training Program
The goal of SFSU’s CIRM Bridges program is to train students to enter research careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. In collaboration with UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Stanford University, and Children’s Hospital of Oakland this CIRM Bridges program will train students through the Masters of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology.


San Jose State University

Stem Cell Internships in Laboratory-based Learning (SCILL) Program
The San José State University Consortium for Stem Cell Internships in Laboratory-based Learning (SCILL) Program provides coursework towards a Master’s degree in the Department of Biological Sciences (Master of Arts or Master of Biotechnology) at San Jose State University and a 12-month, full-time internship in stem cell research in one of four host institutions. The host institutions are Stanford University, the University of California Santa Cruz, the Parkinson’s Institute, and Escape Therapeutics.