The Humboldt CIRM Bridges 3.0 Program is designed to produce biomedical scientists from diverse backgrounds committed to accelerating the discovery, development  and delivery of stem cell, gene therapy and related technologies for improving human health.

Each year we will select a diverse cohort of 10 graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a yearlong research experience in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at one of our outstanding collaborating host institutions: Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, The Stanford University Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, The University of California Davis Stem Cell Program, The Gladstone Institute, and Takeda California.  These student interns will receive advanced training in the research methods and good manufacturing practices required to develop cellular-based therapies for emerging and unmet medical needs.

Throughout the duration of the 12-month internship, they will receive personalized career mentoring so they are poised to enter graduate programs, medical school, and/or begin exciting careers as laboratory scientists. Students in the M.S. pathway will also complete a thesis and coursework to complete their degrees.

Through our CIRM Bridges 3.0 Connect program and in collaboration with the Humboldt Medical Society and Pre-Medical Task Force, students will also educate our campus and rural, medically underserved community about regenerative medicine while gaining awareness of socio-economic issues and disparities around health care and access. 

The preparation needed for prospective students is built into several degree programs at Humboldt in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry and Computer Science. 

Over 100 students have been trained in our past Humboldt CIRM Bridges and Humboldt CIRM Bridges 2.0 Programs (see Past Humboldt CIRM Scholars and Alumni Spotlight pages). 

Thirty-nine percent of those participants were from racially minoritized groups in STEM, 39% were first-generation college students and forty three percent were from low-income families. Eighty-five percent are currently pursuing careers in the field and many have gone on to earn postgraduate degrees.

  • 1 RN 
  • 1 PA 
  • 2 MD 
  • 4 DO 
  • 7 MS 
  • 10 PhD
  • 1 DPT student
  • 1 DVM student
  • 5 MS sudents
  • 7  MD students
  • 20 PhD students



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Three students in the lab

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