CSUN-UCLA Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program

Our inter-institutional training program provides an opportunity for engaged, interested, and successful trainees, both Graduate and Undergraduate, to gain the necessary skills and qualifications to springboard into careers in stem cell research. This program is expected to contribute significantly to the number of students prepared for research careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine that span the spectrum, from basic studies to translational approaches. Read more about it!

Microsoft Office document icon Applications are due February 15, 2016

Biology Department Tutoring

The Department offers tutoring in Biology courses to students on the second floor of Chaparral Hall, CR5217, on a "drop in" basis.
Tutoring hours:
Mondays 8:00-1:00
Tuesday - Friday 8:00-5:00
The tutoring will be available through May 13, excluding holidays and spring recess. Tutors can also be contacted at or by telephone at 818-677-4406.
The schedule of individual tutors and their expertise is posted at

Spotlight on Student Research


Armin Hojjat is currently earning his Master’s Degree under the guidance of Dr. Cindy Malone, performing his Graduate research in the CSUN-UCLA Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program. Armin is performing gene expression profiling of cardiac cell types during cardiovascular development in Dr. Ardahali at UCLA. Cardiomyocytes are the major cardiac cell type that make up the adult heart. How cardiac stem cells differentiate and proliferate to from an functional heart during embryonic development is largely unknown. To understand the changes that occur at different stages of cardiac development, transcriptional profiling of cells during their progression from an immature progenitor state to terminally differentiated cardiomyocytes was performed. Using transgenic mice, populations of cardiovascular cells at different stages of development are identified by fluorescent markers and isolated. These double transgenic mice were generated by crossing a floxed reporter with cardiac specific-Cre mice (i.e. where Cre recombinase is under the transcriptional control of the promoter of Mesp1, Nkx2.5, or α-MHC; markers that are predominantly expressed during the development of the cardiovascular system). The fluorescent-marked cells were then isolated at respective embryonic time points that correlate with the expression of Mesp1, Nkx2.5, or α-MHC. Gene expression analyses were performed using RNA-seq to identify candidate genes potentially important in mediating differentiation and development of cardiomyocytes. Armin is currently employed by Dr. Ardahali while he finishes up his Master’s degree at CSUN. 

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