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CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research Awards


We are not accepting new applicants for the CIRM program at SFSU at this time

About us

The goal of SFSU’s CIRM Bridges program is to train students to enter research careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. In collaboration with:

UC San FranciscoUC BerkeleyThe Buck Institute for Research on AgingStanford University, and Children's Hospital Oakland

SFSU’S CIRM Bridges program will train students through the Masters of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology. 

Program Description

  This SFSU CIRM program will provide a comprehensive slate of lab and lecture courses, research internships, professional mentoring, and community service opportunities to ensure that our students possess not only scientific and technical proficiency but also a thorough grasp of the ethical implications of the technology and the ability to communicate effectively with a general as well as a scientific audience. 

    The research internships will provide students with training in state-of-the-art facilities in the laboratories of three premiere institutions at the forefront of stem cell research. Students completing this program will gain knowledge and the experience necessary to work with both federally and non-federally registered stem cell lines. Our graduates from this master’s program will be fully prepared to contribute to the growth of a vibrant stem cell industry that is fully reflective of the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives in our state.  

For an overview of the CIRM Bridges program please check this YouTube.
Program Highlights
• 2-year Master of Science program in Cell and Molecular Biology
• Integrated program of academic course work in stem cell biology, ethics, and science writing 
• 5-day stem cell lab training course at UCSF or Stanford University
• 18-month master thesis research project in stem cell biology 
• Research opportunities at UCSF, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, CHORI, and Buck Institute for Research on Aging
• Mentoring from research faculty, academic faculty, graduate students and peers 
• $30,000 stipend in second year of the program contingent on successful completion of academic course work. 
• Research activities include lab meetings, journal clubs, retreats, and opportunities to attend and present research at national meetings
Admission Qualifications

A Sample SFSU’s CIRM Curriculum: 
Programmatic Components and Eligibility


List of past and current SFSU CIRM fellows and their lab affiliations.

A listing of additional CIRM Bridges programs across California can be found at:

For any additional information or questions, please contact