Overview for Trainees

The incredible scientific breakthroughs in stem cell biology require now, more than ever, investment in translating our strengths in stem cells biology and bioengineering to ensure that the highly qualified and sought after trainees emerging from our academic institutions have opportunities to stay and work in Ontario. The Ontario team all has well established and internationally reputed training programs for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, technicians and others. The team has a demonstrated track record of training Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP), many of who have continued on to hold leadership positions in both industry and academia.

Trainees looking for undergraduate and graduate (MSc and PhD) with one of OSCI’s scientists, please review the scientist’s profile on our website and apply directly to them.  OSCI is in the process of applying for funding in support of a graduate training program in stem cell biology and bioengineering.

OSCI launched its International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 2011 with three postdoctoral fellowship awards, followed by three additional awards in 2012 and two awards in 2013. We have launched year IV with two awards available in 2014.

We have recently launched a Travel Awards program for those OSCI trainees who have been accepted for an abstract (podium or poster) for the ISSCR meeting in Boston.

The OSCI External Seminar Series features distinguished speakers from around the world. As part of our provincial initiative, these lectures are webcasted to all of our centres to ensure that over 145 stem cell research programs, networked across Ontario, receive the benefit of these seminars.

OSCI Stem Cell Rounds features monthly seminars and debates within the fields of stem cell and bioengineering research.  Rounds are presented at the University of Toronto campus and available through webcasts.

OSCI's newly launched Translation Talks seminar series that links stem cell biologists with clinicians doing translational work in regenerative medicine. Talks are presented at the University of Toronto campus and available through webcasts.

In 2014, OSCI will be hosting its third annual meeting in collaboration with the Till & McCulloch Meetings that encompasses OSCI, Stem Cell Network, CCRM and TheCell. The meetings will run in Ottawa from October 27-29, 2014. It’s the perfect opportunity to network with other trainees and see what our leading-edge scientists are doing in their labs.

What’s more, we host holiday poster parties for trainees at all of our centres, pub nights in conjunction with the Centre for Commercialization for Regenerative Medicine and a solid website and social media presence to communicate all of our activities. With over 145 stem cell and bioengineering research programs across Ontario, that’s a network of over 900 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students and technicians – imagine the possibilities!