Classes and Clubs

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
M272

This graduate level course provides students with current knowledge of embryonic and adult stem cells and how these pluripotent/multipotent populations can be used to treat congenital defects, diseases, or injury in humans. The course surveys current knowledge of embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells and the factors that regulate their growth and development into tissue specific stem cells. Stem cells in the skin, hematopoietic, nervous, and other systems are discussed in order to provide examples of the various types of tissue specific, adult stem cells. Major emphasis is placed on how advances in cell and molecular biology and tissue engineering are applied to the use of embryonic and adult stem cells in regenerative medicine. In addition to these topics, students will be introduced to the ethical, regulatory, and legal issues related to stem cell research.

Contact: Kenneth Dorshkind, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (kdorshki@mednet.ucla.edu)

Stem Cell Biology
MCD BIO 168

This undergraduate course offers students education in pluripotent and tissue specific stem cells, and the potential of using these cells to treat congenital defects, diseases or injury in humans. The course reviews the current knowledge on the derivation of human and mouse pluripotent stem cells from embryos or through reprogramming, and the differentiation of these cells into various tissue types. Adult stem cells in hematopoietic, nervous, and other organ systems are discussed to provide examples of tissue specific stem cells and their impact on human disease. The various model organisms are also discussed to give examples of how such organisms provide a foundation for the discovery of fundamental principles in stem cell biology. Another major course objective is to introduce students to the ethical and legal issues related to stem cell research.

Stem Cell Club
The Stem Cell Club is a venue for investigators, fellows, and students to share information about the science of stem cells. The Club meets twice monthly and members provide presentations about laboratory progress.