The Lorey I. Lokey Stem Cell Building is the intellectual home for stem cell training and education. We are moving the Human Embryonic Stem Cell and Human Embryo/Reprogramming courses (supported by CIRM) into the Lokey Stem Cell Building; currently these activities occur in our Arastradero facility (three miles from the main campus). The new lab will be designed specifically with teaching needs in mind and will enhance the experience of students in our education and training programs. The location of the training lab in the heart of the medical campus will attract more students and allow us to grow the scope of the program.
Currently, we hold seminars and symposia in partnership with other departments and entities, thus diffusing our impact and making it difficult for us to establish our own identity. With the addition of Institute space on campus, we will develop robust SISCB/RM-branded seminar and symposium programs, in addition to formal coursework. The conference rooms in the Lokey Stem Cell Building, especially the large conference room which will be equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, will allow us to establish a signature seminar and symposium program that will establish the presence of the SISCB/RM on campus and will help spread awareness of stem cell research among faculty, postdocs, and graduate students across the University and beyond. In addition, the SISCB/RM is developing a PhD degree-granting program in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. The new seminar series will be an important component of this program, and the common facilities in the Lokey Stem Cell Building will be critical for the doctoral program.
With the new space provided by the Lokey Stem Cell Building, we anticipate that a significant group of researchers, lab staff, and students who do not reside in the building, will use it regularly to access the training facilities, the seminar series, the new and unique shared services, and the collaborative hotel benches, or just to have informal discussions with scientists in the building. The central location of the building on the medical campus will greatly facilitate these interactions.