Cal Poly Pomona

Undergraduate Students

Gloria Hernandez and Dr. Sharp

Scroll down for a list of previous CIRM Undergraduate Student Interns and their projects.

Internship Overview

  • A 6 month full-time paid research internship ($2575/month ***STIPEND SUBJECT TO TAX) in a stem cell lab at City of Hope, Caltech, USC, The Scripps Institute or Western University of Health Sciences.
  • During the internship, the student will  keep his/her status as a full-time student and receive unit credit for the research.
  • There are 3 positions available at CPP and 3 positions available at CSULA.
  • All interns will also participate in a 1-week Stem Cell Techniques Training course at the USC CIRM Shared Research Laboratory prior to starting their internships.
  • The interns will be assigned both a research mentor from the institution in which they will be doing their stem cell research and a CSU faculty mentor to guide them during their internships.
  • Upon completion of their internships, interns will give talks on their research at a CPP/CSULA symposium.
  • Participants will be chosen by a committee including faculty from both CPP and CSULA.

Application Requirements

  • Your overall GPA must be a 3.0 or above.

      • You must have completed at least three of the courses listed below, before the research internship begins, or their equivalents, with a B or better.

        Cal Poly Pomona

              • BIO 310 Molecular and Cell Biology
              • BIO 450 Concepts of Molecular Biology
              • BIO 451/451L Molecular Biology Techniques
              • BIO 455/455L Molecular Biology of Recombinant DNA
              • BIO 570/570L Cellular Immunity and Disease
              • MICR415/415L Immunology and Serology
              • BIO465/465L Stem Cell Biology
              • BIO 565/565L Animal Tissue Culture


        Cal State L.A.

              • BIOL 380 Cell Biology OR CHEM 431 ABC Biochemistry
              • BIOL 413 Molecular Diagnostics
              • BIOL 416 Molecular Genetics
              • BIOL 417 Principles of Gene Manipulation
              • BIOL 519 Genetic Engineering Laboratory
              • MICR 304 Immunology and Serology
              • MICR 450 Innate Immunity
              • BIOL 481 Basic Cell Culture Theory and Techniques (required)
  • It is your responsibility to request official transcripts from all previous post-secondary educational institutions to be mailed directly to the address below.
  • An unofficial electronic copy of your transcripts needs to be sent to
  • You must also have three letters of recommendation in an electronic form as an attachment (pdf on letterhead preferred) sent by your recommenders to Hard copies of the letters must also be sent to the address below.
  • Send official transcript documents to the address below:

Airan Jansen, Program Administrator

Department of Biological Sciences

Cal Poly Pomona

3801 West Temple Avenue

Pomona, CA  91768


Previous Undergradaute Student Interns


Nadine Morgan
Ephrin-Bs & regulation of glioma neural SC growth
Mentor: Qiang Lu, Ph.D., City of Hope

Matthew Parkhurst
Protective effects of inducible p53 suppression in hematopoietic SCs during chemotherapy
Mentor: John Rossi, Ph.D., City of Hope

Kanomi Sasaki-Capela
Standardization of human pluripotent SC culture: A system for grading hESC colonies
Mentor: Victoria Fox, PhD., USC

Revathiswari Tirughana
Twist inhibition as a potential therapy to decrease invasiveness of glioma cells
Mentor: Carlotta Glackin, Ph.D., City of Hope


Lindsay Peltz
Permanent epigenetic changes in HSCs after maternal immune activation
Mentor: Paul Patterson, Ph.D., Caltech

Victor Liao
Using the mRNA Transfection Method to reprogram human skin fibroblasts to hematopoietic multilineage blood progenitors that are capable of differentiating into mature erythrocytes
Mentor: Jing-Kuan Yee, Ph.D., City of Hope

Yu-Huey Lin
Mutations of Serine/Threonine phosphorylation sites on Twist1 Comprise Cellular Invasiveness in Breast Cancer Cells
Mentor: Carlotta Glackin, Ph.D., City of Hope

Eui Joon Park
End-Capping by Telomerase May Confer Genomic Stability to Stem Cells
Mentor: Adam Bailis, Ph.D., City of Hope

Yuan Han Teh
Mutations of highly conserved Serine and Threonine residues in Twist1 regulate its functions
Mentor: Carlotta Glackin, Ph.D., City of Hope

Su-Ting Huang
In situ hybridization to determine candidate genes expression patterns in Drosophila Melanogaster early embryos
Mentor: Angelike Stathopoulos, Ph.D., Caltech


Giselle Blanco

Optimizing the Differentiation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells from hESC

Mentor: Doug Ethell, Ph.D., Western University of Health Sciences

Elizabeth Hovhannessian

Dual-targeting small interfering RNAs as potent inhibitors for HIV-1 replication

Mentor: John Rossi, Ph.D., City of Hope

Jihyun Irizarry

Fibroblast Growth Factor Signaling during Drosophila Ovarian Morphogenesis

Mentor:  Angelike Stathopoulos, Ph.D., CalTech

John Sanchez

IKKα is a Potential Regulator of MeCP2 Activity

Mentor: Paul Patterson, Ph.D., Caltech

Danilo Aurelio

Understanding why hESC undergo cell death following enzymatic dissociation to single cells in an effort to develop improved systems for single cell passaging hESC

Mentor: Mentor: Victoria Fox, PhD., USC

Arash Houshmast

Developing a Strategy for Direct Conversion of Differentiated Adult Cells to Multipotent Neural Crest Cells

Mentor: Gage Crump, Ph.D., USC


George Freedman

Elucidating the gene regulatory network underlying T-cell commitment

Mentor: Ellen Rothenberg, Ph.D., Cal Tech

Greg Varuzhanyan

Using the muscle stem cell marker PAX7 to measure mitochondrial domains in skeletal muscle

Mentor: David Chan, Ph.D., CalTech

Ha Vu

Investigation of FGFs signals within the Drosophila germline stem cells' niche

Mentor: Angelike Stathopoulos, Ph.D., CalTech

Victoria Bendersky:

Validation of shRNA Knockdown of Genes Related to Microcephaly

Mentor: Ulrich Mueller, Ph.D., Scripps

Michaela Lizhar

Assembly of SOX17 targeting TALE proteins to influence gene expression in human pluripotent cells

Mentor: Arthur D. Riggs, Ph.D, City of Hope.

Hani Sapili

In vitro platelet differentiation from human embryonic stem cells

Mentor: Jiing-Kuan Yee, Ph.D., City of Hope

Brenda Wilson

Development of T Cells with a HER2 directed chimeric antigen receptor for the treatment of brain tumors

Mentor: Christine E. Brown, Ph.D., City of Hope


Gloria Hernandez

Small molecule screen in zebrafish and mouse chondrocytes for new regulators of endochondral ossification

Mentor: Gage DeKoeyor Crump, Ph.D., USC

Tri Dang

DNA repair and DNA demethylation

Mentor: Timothy O'Connor, Ph.D., City of Hope

Ethan Chen

The search for the true identity of breast cancer stem cells

Mentor: Peter Lee, M.D., City of Hope