This interdepartmental study program is designed to provide third year medical students with an in-depth basic science or translational research experience in the fields of developmental and stem cell biology. Faculty in the study program are engaged in investigating mechanisms of embryonic development, developmental genetics, stem cells in various tissues from both humans and model organisms, the factors that regulate the balance between stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, the stem cell niche, the role of cancer stem cells in human cancer and the use of stem cells for therapy. The program is directed at students potentially interested in a career in regenerative medicine. Faculty members in this study track come from numerous departments, including Medicine, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Pediatric, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and Radiation Oncology. Students who elect this study program undertake a research project in a laboratory under the guidance of a faculty preceptor and participate in appropriate seminar series. In addition, with the permission of their mentor and study program director, students may take course work each term to complement their research interests. Due to the wide range of research opportunities available, course work is individually tailored to the interests of the student by the faculty preceptor.