Development, Stem Cells, and Regenerative Medicine (DSR)

Program Director: Gage Crump, Ph.D.

The goal of the Ph.D. program in Development, Stem Cells, and Regenerative Medicine is to train the next generation of investigators in the history and practice of developmental and stem cell biology. The ultimate aim is to understand how the genomes of animals are translated into complex morphological forms, and to apply this basic knowledge to the emerging field of regenerative medicine. Close and regular contact between participating faculty of different disciplines and students is expected to facilitate the application of multidisciplinary approaches towards regenerative medicine.

DSR Program Requirements

Degree Unit Requirement:   60 units

PIBBS Requirement:              Completion of PIBBS required core curriculum (25 units)

Required DSR Courses:

  • DSR 542 – Principles of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology (4 units)
  • DSR 574 – Stem Cell and Developmental Biology Seminar Series (1 unit) – every fall and spring semester
  • DSR 790 – Research (varies)
  • DSR 794ab – Doctoral Dissertation (at least 4 units)

Complete 2 units from the following:

  • DSR 610 – Current Topics in Regenerative Medicine (1 unit)
  • DSR 620 – Current Topics in Stem Cell Biology and Organogenesis (1 unit)
  • INTD 504 – Molecular Biology of Cancer (4 units)

Qualifying Exam:
Students must pass both the written and oral portions of the qualifying exam during the second year of study. The written portion will require students to write a research grant proposal, in a format modeled after an NIH F31 grant. The oral defense portion will include both a formal presentation of the grant proposal, as well as an open forum in which the guidance committee asks general questions related to the student’s research.

Student’s research is reported in a dissertation written under the guidance of the student’s mentor and dissertation committee. The dissertation must demonstrate the student’s capacity for independent research, scholarly achievement and technical mastery of a special field.

DSR Program Learning Objectives