Black Family Stem Cell Institute


Education in stem cell biology and training in basic and translational stem cell research are core missions of the Black Family Stem Cell Institute. Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees at all levels have available many resources and events to foster scientific interactions, connect with peers and faculty, and learn important principles in stem cell biology.

Trainee Resources and Programs

We offer multiple resources and programs providing advanced basic fundamental and translational training in stem cell biology, leading to a PhD degree for predoctoral trainees and facilitating postdoctoral trainees on their path to independent high-end stem cell research.

PhD Program in Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cells

Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cells (DRS) is a multidisciplinary training area within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the best in the world for academic training in biomedicine. The flexible student-driven coursework and rigorous training in advanced research is designed to prepare our PhD and MD/PhD graduate students to become part of our next generation of stem cell scientists.

Learn more about the DRS training program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. We provide a detailed description of the DRS training program curriculum including basic coursework, advanced courses, journal clubs and seminars here. We encourage interested student candidates to contact Dr. Marlow and Dr. Krauss, Co-Directors of the DRS Multidisciplinary Training Area, with any questions about our PhD training program.

Postdoctoral Training in Stem Cell Research

Scientists at the postdoctoral level can train in some of the best basic and translational stem cell research laboratories here. Our postdoctoral fellows pursue outstanding questions in stem cell biology and perform advanced stem cell research, supported by multiple institutional shared research facilities. They also can take advantage of the many educational events offered by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs such as career counseling, panel discussions, and instructional seminars covering grant and cv writing, interview skills, project management, and setting up a research lab.

NYSTEM Training Program in Stem Cell Biology

New York State Stem Cell Science (NYSTEM), part of the New York State Department of Health, supports training in stem cell research through a grant award to the Black Family Stem Cell Institute. The training program in stem cell biology provides fellowships for six predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees with outstanding potential for making significant discoveries in stem cell research and becoming future leaders of the next generation of stem cell researchers in academia and industry.

Our trainees take advantage of the didactic offers within the DRS educational program, including a dedicated stem cell course, stem cell-focused journal club and seminars, and the Institute work-in-progress meetings. They also have the opportunity to learn the newest technologies in the stem cell core facility, as well as attend tutorials in writing and attend one stem cell research conference per year. For more information about our NYSTEM-sponsored training in stem cell research, contact Dr. Michael Rendl, director of the program.

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