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Biotechnology Certificate Program: Stem Cell Track

Interested in a career in Stem Cell Research? CSULB has a Stem Cell track in the Biotechnology Certificate Program.

CIRM California's Stem Cell Agency

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) funded component of the Biotechnology Certificate Program at CSULB will be welcoming applications at the end of Fall semester 2018. Students accepted into this program will earn a stipend ($30,000) and tuition (up to $7,000) for full-time participation in twelve month internships during which they will be trained in stem cell laboratories at Cedars-Sinai, the City of Hope, or the University of California at Irvine (July 2019-July 2020).

Application form is available at the link below:


To be eligible to apply you must be a current CSULB student and have successfully completed the following courses by the end of Fall semester 2018:

  • Biotechnology: Applications of Molecular Techniques and Bioinformatics (BIOL477/577)
  • Molecular Cell Laboratory (BIOL440L) or Methods in Microbial Genetics (MICR 372), Biological Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 443) or extensive laboratory experience using sterile techniques

Other prerequisites/co-requisites (which must be successfully completed by the end of the Spring semester 2019) include:

  • Stem Cell Biology (BIOL 432/532)
  • Bioethics and Public Policy (BIOL 462/562)
  • Seminars (BIOL 480/580)
  • Biochemistry (CHEM 441 B or CHEM 448 )
  • Directed Research in selected laboratories at CSULB (BIOL496/697, or MICRO 496/697, or CHEM 496/697)

Admission into the stem cell option is competitive. Students accepted into the program must enroll in the 2019 summer Advanced Stem Cell Laboratory training and two semesters (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020) of Stem Cell Research Internship (BIOL 492A/592A).

Please discuss your plans to enter this program with your CSULB major advisor and with the CSULB program director, Dr. Lisa S. Klig (

Applications for the next year of the program may be available Fall 2019, pending funding, for acceptance into the program by Summer 2020 and completion of the internship during the 2020/2021 academic year.