Stem Cell Biology


The aim of this training program is to prepare a new generation of scientists to contribute to the mechanistic understanding of stem cell biology at the levels of basic biology and clinical application. The program is designed to promote interdisciplinary studies within the field of stem cell biology, providing trainees with exposure to a broad area of stem cell research while they delve into their specific research area. Focus is placed on four broad faculty research areas: programming and reprogramming; lineage restriction and development; tissue stem cells and disease; regeneration and homeostasis; and cancer and stem cells.

The faculty members are affiliated with 20 different basic and clinical departments within the NYU School of Medicine and have expertise in diverse cellular and organ systems, including several model organisms. The training program provides mentoring, coursework, and research opportunities that bridge the gap between basic and clinical studies, facilitating advances in stem cell biology, and successfully training the next generation of stem cell researchers.

The NYU Langone Medical Center is home to The Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Center for Stem Cell Biology that was established in 2005. This center links researchers through a variety of activities, including seminars and courses.


Ruth Lehmann
Program Director 
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Cell Biology
Graduate Advisor
Professor of Pathology
Elaine Wilson, PhD
Program Co-Director
Professor of Cell Biology and Urology

Sample Courses

  • Topics in Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Seminar in Stem Cell Biology
  • Developmental Systems I
  • Introduction to Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
  • Grant Writing
  • Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Stem Cell Tutorial

Recommended Elective Courses

  • Molecular Oncology*
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Neurobiology
  • Molecular Mechanisms in Biology
  • Developmental Systems II
* stem/cancer track

Qualifying Exam

When: Summer year 2 

  • Written: 
    - Part 1: Student given abstract and will have to propose data essential to support conclusions (4-5 figures with legends, methods, and refs).
    - Part 2: Written proposal describing the research project of PhD work, modeled after NIH postdoctoral grant
  • Oral: Defense of written proposal (part 2 written)