Frontiers in Stem Cells & Regeneration


Course Information

Watch the SCARE WebinarCourse Date: October 3 – October 10, 2021

Deadline: TBD

2020 Schedule (PDF)

Directors: Ina Dobrinski, University of Calgary; and Jennifer Morgan, MBL

Course Description

The Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration Course is a laboratory and lecture based course that includes a complete array of biological and medical perspectives from fundamental basic biology of “stemness” and mechanisms of regeneration through evaluation of pluripotent stem cells for therapeutic benefit. This dynamic, evolving course features world class lectures from experts in stem cells and regeneration biology, including a keynote Pioneer Lecture delivered by a leading expert. The laboratories explore a variety of timely topics including stem cell derivation, pluripotency, directed differentiation, and spinal cord and limb regeneration, using an array of experimental models ranging from planarians to human stem cells.

The NIH sponsored course is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, newly independent scientists, and established investigators seeking comprehensive and sophisticated training in research strategies and state-of-the-art cellular, molecular and genetic approaches for advancing stem cell and regeneration research.

The course also features bioethics seminars, career coaching, and ongoing one-on-one mentoring by course faculty participants.

The Stem Cells and Regeneration Course will exclusively use human embryonic stem cell lines on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry and being routinely cultured at the Pittsburgh Development Center.

Financial Information: Tuition: $3,000.00; Room & Board: $462.00. The admissions process at the Marine Biological Laboratory is need-blind, meaning that we evaluate students on their merits alone, without weighing their financial situations. Financial assistance will be considered for those admitted students who are in need. Upon acceptance, students will be asked to complete a financial aid request form if they need assistance.

In 2019, 100% of those students in the Frontiers in Stem Cells & Regeneration course who requested financial aid received some support. The amount of financial aid available from the MBL varies by course based on funding from grants and scholarships, but typically covers 70-100% of student need.

2019 Course Faculty & Lecturers

Randolph Ashton, U. Wisc Madison
Jeff Biernaskie, University of Calgary
Diane Carlisle, University of Pittsburgh
George Church, Harvard University
Jose Cibelli, Michigan State University
Ina Dobrinski, University of Calgary
Charles Easley, University of Georgia
Karen Echeverri, MBL
David Forsthoefel, OMRF
Lisa Green, Greenville Health System
Mark Hughes, Genesis Genetics Institute
Kate McCusker, UMass Boston
Freda Miller, U. Toronto SickKids
James Monaghan, Northeastern University
Jennifer Morgan, MBL
Ken Muneoka, Texas A&M
Janna Nawroth, Emulate Inc.
Kyle Orwig, University of Pittsburgh
Quinn Peterson, Mayo Clinic
Jan Pruszak, Paracelsus Medical University, Austria
Ravi Ravindranath, NIH/NICHD
Vardit Ravitsky, University of Montreal
Labib Rouhana, Wright State University
Jerry Schatten, University of Pittsburgh
Jerry Shay, University of Texas-Southwestern
Calvin Simerly, University of Pittsburgh
Azim Surani, University of Cambridge
Ava Udvadia, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Saul Villeda, UCSF
S. Randal Voss, University of Kentucky
Franklin West, University of Georgia