Cailtin Ford, Kimara Targoff lab: In situ hybridization for tcf21 depicts the development of the lateral plate mesoderm in zebrafish embryos.

The Future Lies in Stem Cell Research

CSCI is committed to the education and training of stem cell researchers at multiple levels. Several training opportunities are currently available to graduate students and postdocs at Columbia University.

Courses for Trainees

Stem Cells, Genome Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Course: BMENE6510

Course Directors

Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD

Time: Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Location: Hammer Health Sciences LL205

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Tsang.




Topic (TBD)


Emmanuelle Passegué

Alumni Professor of Genetics and Development (in Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine) at Columbia University; Director of Columbia Stem Cell Institute

Endogenous Stem Cell Populations / HSCs / Stem Cell Aging


Ron McKay (Zoom)

Founder, Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Johns Hopkins & President emeritus, ISSCR



Stem cells and the development of the nervous system


Andrew Anzalone (Zoom)

Scientific Co-founder at Prime Medicine, Inc

Prime Editing and beyond


Katherine High

President of Therapeutics at Asklepios BioPharmaceuticals; Co-founder at Spark Therapeutics; Visiting Professor at the Rockefeller University

Adeno-Associated Viral (AAV)-Mediated Gene Therapy


Aaron Viny

Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

3-Dimensional Genomic Techniques to Uncover the Genetic and Epigenetic Underpinnings of Diseases


Kapil Bharti (Zoom)

Senior Investigator,

Ocular and Stem Cell Translational Research Section, National Eye Institute, NIH

3D culture of Stem Cells/organoids


George Church (Zoom)

Founding Core Faculty & Lead, Synthetic Biology, Wyss Institute at Harvard University; Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard and MIT

Applications In Regenerative Medicine and Bio-Production of Chemicals


Rudolf Jaenisch (Zoom)

Professor of Biology; Core Member, Whitehead Institute; Member, Institute of Medicine

The Use of Pluripotent Cells in the Study of Genetic and Epigenetic Basis of Human Diseases






Joanna Smeeton

H.K. Corning Assistant Professor Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine Research (in Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine) (in Genetics and Development)

Regenerative medicine


Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

University And Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering

Stem Cells in Tissue Engineering


Botond Roska (Zoom)

Group Leader of the Central Visual Circuits & Human Retinal Circuit Groups Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel 

Professor, University of Basel, Switzerland

Visual circuits and optogenetic engineering





Hynek Wichterle

Jerry and Emily Spiegel Professor in the Departments of Pathology & Cell Biology and Neuroscience (in Neurology), Columbia University

Neuronal Stem Cells


Chia-Wei Cheng

Assistant Professor of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Stem cell metabolism I


Elaine Fuchs

Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Epithelial stem cells: Coping with Stress

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Meeting ID: 998 7032 4800
Passcode: Cas12f

Thank you to the sponsors of the course:

Synthego, ThermoFisher Scientific

Empire State Institutional Training Programs in Stem Cell Research for Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows

Columbia Training Program in Stem Cell Research
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD and Hans-Willen Snoeck, PhD, Program Directors

The Empire State Columbia University Stem Cell Training Program aspires to educate tomorrow’s leaders in stem cell research by integrating diverse training opportunities available across both campuses of Columbia University (Morningside and Medical Center). Columbia University is uniquely positioned to offer a well-integrated training program in basic, bioengineering and translational studies of stem cells. Our faculty is working on the forefront of stem cell research and Columbia University recruits and trains the highest caliber students and postdoctoral fellows from around the world.

The focal areas of the program are biophysical regulation of stem cells, modeling of disease and regenerative medicine. Our mentors include a core group of stem cell researchers who were selected based on their success and productivity in stem cell research and outstanding training records. Graduate trainees will be selected after the first year of their PhD program, allowing us to recruit candidates with the best academic record who have already demonstrated the commitment and talent for stem cell research. The most promising early career postdoctoral fellows will be recruited into the program after they have initiated stem cell research. At any time during the five-year grant, we will be supporting 3 predoctoral students and 3 postdoctoral fellows.

The program has been designed to provide rigorous theoretical and practical training in stem cell biology through didactic coursework, research in selected Columbia laboratories, attendance, and participation in two stem cell seminar series and an annual training program retreat. The interdisciplinary Stem Cell Training Program aims also to facilitate new creative collaborations between Columbia investigators.