The Training Community

Each trainee will have at least two mentors from among the training faculty. Each
candidate should identify his or her preferred mentor(s) and contact them to discuss
their laboratories' research programs.

Each trainee will be resident in the principal mentor's laboratory/institution, and will
have at least one additional mentor. This faculty member may be located at another of
the participating institutions, and the program will facilitate the trainee's interactions
through organizing videoconferencing and face-to-face meetings. Each trainee will also
have contact with one or more of the clinical faculty, as appropriate to the trainee's
research.

The several mentors will all contribute to the mentoring plan set out at the start of each
two-year residency in the program. The trainee will gain the great benefit of active comentoring,
which will contribute to his or her readiness for working in the crossdisciplinary
areas of regenerative medicine.

A full agenda of both face-to-face and online interactions will link the trainees and mentors, and
provide trainees with diverse research experiences.

These include:

  • An annual program-wide, weeklong retreat at Rutgers.
  • The new online course on stem cells, RENEW, developed at Case Western Reserve will be a requirement for all trainees.
  • A laboratory course on induced pluripotent, and reprogrammed stem cells.
  • Also, a variety of professional development workshops and courses, including an online biodesign course