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

CIRM Training Program In Stem Cell Biology

The Keck School of Medicine of USC, with support from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), has established a comprehensive graduate training program in stem cell biology. The training objectives are to engage trainees in mentored laboratory research and to offer learning experiences in both independent research and in collaborative multi-disciplinary research teams which explore basic principles of organ assembly and organ renewal, translating knowledge into new therapies. CIRM trainees are expected to attend the annual Stem Cell/Development Biology Retreat, Stem Cell/Development weekly talks, CIRM annual meeting in San Francisco, and to enroll in and complete two required courses.

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

Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) Training Award

The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) provides training and education programs that draw on the expertise of our partners and USC faculty members to meet the needs of a wide range of individuals interested in clinical translational research.

The SC CTSI ECDE program has funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to award up to four pre-doctoral candidates (those enrolled in a MD or PhD program at USC) each year. TL1 Trainees will be provided an opportunity to acquire and refine the core knowledge and skill sets  needed to become future clinical translational investigators and be taught the skills to complete a grant that would have a high probability of being funded.

The goal of this two-year program is to teach the scientific competencies to perform clinical and translational research, including research in health problems of diverse populations in order for students to become independent clinical translational scientists. The TL1 pre-doctoral training program provides learning opportunities in clinical and translational research methodologies for graduate students enrolled in an MD or PhD degree-granting program at the University of Southern California.  Students are selected through a rigorous application process based on their academic standing, interest in a clinical and translational research career, the merit of a research proposal relevant to human health and the strength of the mentorship.
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 visit the Office of Education, Career Development, and Ethics (ECDE) website or send email to