Training Programs

Training Program in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences

Students in PIBBS and in any of the PIBBS-affiliated Ph.D. programs will have the opportunity to apply for membership in a research training program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with two main goals: 1) to foster an interdisciplinary approach to biological and biomedical research; 2) to introduce students to methods of computational biology used to analyze complex data sets.

Students in the Research Training Program will come from a broad variety of disciplines to provide exposure to a broad range of research areas and to acquaint students with peers and faculty in other disciplines who can serve as potential consultants and collaborators. Each student will belong to one of the PIBBS-affiliated Ph.D. programs, participate in all the designated activities of that Ph.D. program, and participate in the following additional activities:

  • A course emphasizing computational biology applied to genetics and/or human disease; these courses will introduce students to methods for analyzing the information in the human genome or for assessing disease risk associated with human behavioral, environmental, or genetic factors.
  • A seminar composed of research presentations by all participating students
  • Special advisement and mentoring by faculty and senior students
  • Social activities designed to strengthen interpersonal relationships that may lead to interdisciplinary consultation and collaboration

For further information regarding this Training Program you may contact Joyce Perez at

Training in Developmental Biology, Stem Cell Biology and Regeneration

Many of the most intractable diseases of our day result from a failure of the body to regenerate damaged tissue. Studies of basic developmental biological mechanisms, combined with an understanding of stem cell biology and differentiation, may lead to novel approaches to treat these diseases. From NICHD, we are awarded with a T32 grant that can cover predoctoral trainees, to help us provide unified training in mechanistic studies of fundamental developmental processes combined with training in the biology and application to stem cell technology.

For further information regarding this Training Program you may contact Lisa Doumak at

Stem Cell Biology Training Program (CIRM Training Grant)

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, with support from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), has established a comprehensive training program in stem cell biology. Trainees will participate in mentored laboratory research, the annual Stem Cell/Development Biology Retreat, Stem Cell/Development weekly talks, CIRM annual meeting in San Francisco, and enrollment in and completion of three didactic courses – ‘Stem Cell Biology and Medicine’, ‘Social, Legal, and Ethical Implications of Stem Cell Research’ and ‘Cellular and Molecular Basis of Animal Development’. The stem cell biology course will be jointly-administered and co-taught by faculty of the Keck School of Medicine, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and the City of Hope. The course is designed to encourage intellectual interactions and collaborations among participants from the three institutions.

For further information regarding this Training Program you may contact John Johnson at

Clinical and Translational Training Award

The CTSI is supported by an award from the National Institutes of Health with a thematic focus on research that will improve health of diverse populations in urban environments. The program will provide multi-disciplinary, team-based clinical and translational research education to a select group of doctoral students. These students will acquire the scientific competencies necessary to perform clinical and translational research, including research in health problems of diverse populations. Students will have dual mentorship from their doctoral advisor and a clinical translational research mentor.

For further information regarding this Training Program you may contact Jeanne Dzekov at