At the Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education, we are dedicated to expanding our stem cell knowledge to scientists and individuals who share our goals throughout Northern California and the world. Our newly remodeled, state-of the-art facility is equipped with cutting-edge technology that is optimized for stem cell training and research. We offer several basic and advanced laboratory courses throughout the year. We also offer, on a case-by-case basis, specialized training classes for individuals or small groups who are interested in other areas not listed below.
hESC has a facility for iPS cell (induced pluripotent stem cell) derivation from consenting patients. Most courses include some instruction in iPS technology, but laboratories that desire training in deriving human iPS cells can request a special training session.
Basic hESC Biology: This course is one of the central components of our program. It provides the essentials of hESC biology to individuals with little or no previous experience with hESCs. Students will learn the basic techniques required to culture, differentiate and analyze hESCs. They will leave the laboratory with basic
protocols, appropriate frozen feeder cell preparations for several months of
experiments, and established relationships for further assistance and
troubleshooting as they begin their experiments in their own designated hESC laboratory space. More »
Reprogramming and Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT): This is an advanced technique course that we are offering at the Center. Individuals will learn basic methods to work with human embryos and SCNT. We also include instruction in derivation of induced-pluripotent stem cell lines. More »
Human ES Cell Derivation: In conjunction with basic stem cell culturing technique, we also provide researchers an opportunity to learn how to derive human embryonic stem cell lines. This course is offered through special request. More »
Human Embryology: This training course will teach students the basic method in handling and growing of the early human embryos, such as in vitro maturation (IVM). More »
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Courses are offered free-of-charge through a grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Therefore we are currently only taking students from institutions receiving CIRM funding.