Building Bridges for Future Stem Cell Researchers

Sarah Imam had her sights set on medical school until a unique program offered at Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) in partnership with the UCLA stem cell center steered her in a new direction.

Imam now envisions a future in science and medicine - with both a doctorate and medical degree - after spending time as a researcher in a laboratory at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA through the CSUN-UCLA Bridges to Stem Cell Research program.

The program is funded through the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s stem cell agency, and seeks to train the next generation of stem cell scientists and laboratory technicians by funding courses and research internships for undergraduates and masters-level students.

UCLA partnered with CSUN two years ago, and each year for six years a total of 10 students will be given the eye-opening, mind-expanding opportunity to work in stem cell research labs and be trained by renowned stem cell scientists.

Photo above: CSUN Bridges Grant trainee Sarah Imam and UCLA mentor Dr. Michael Teitell