One of our goals at DanStem is training a new generation of scientists with an in-depth understanding of stem cell biology.
To achieve this goal we have established the DanStem PhD scheme which includes a pre-doctoral year prior to the formal PhD education.
This one year programme prepares and trains students in the principles of stem cell biology, with emphasis on developmental, cellular and molecular mechanisms. We provide pre-doctoral students with a solid understanding of the biology of stem cells, the skills of how to use stem cells in their own research, and the ability to devise and use novel approaches in their stem cell research. This year enables the student to build the tools and basic skills for his/her research project.
Pre-doctoral students receive guidance from DanStem Principle Investigators and are expected to participate in the center’s activities on the same footing as doctoral students, such as: retreats, seminars and conferences. Students are also expected to present their research to fellow students via oral presentations and poster sessions.
At the end of this year students submit a PhD project proposal and defend it orally, resulting in formal registration as PhD students at the faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, upon approval of a PhD committee.
The curriculum of pre-doctoral year, followed by a PhD education is tailored for students who wish to complete a PhD degree at DanStem and to pursue a research career in academia or in industry.
DanStem is part of the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD program.
*The students are employed during this year as Research Assistants.