Information for Cell Design Institute Scholars

Welcome to the Cell Design Institute (CDI) Scholars!

The goal of the UCSF/SFSU Cell Design Institute program is to train MS students to enter research careers in cell biology and cell engineering, in collaboration with the UCSF department of Pharmacology and the Wendell Lim labthe Hana El-Samad lab, and the Kole Roybal lab.

Program Description

The UCSF/SFSU Cell Design Institute program will provide a comprehensive slate of lab and lecture courses, thesis research internships, professional mentoring, and community service opportunities to ensure that our students possess not only scientific and technical proficiency but also a thorough grasp of the ethical implications of the technology and the ability to communicate effectively with a general as well as a scientific audience. 

The research internships will provide students with training in state-of-the-art facilities in the laboratories at the forefront of cell engineering research. Students completing this program will gain knowledge and the experience necessary to successfully enter PhD degree programs or the biotechnology workforce. The graduates from this master’s program will be fully prepared to contribute to the growth of a vibrant cell engineering and biotechnology industry that is fully reflective of the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives in our state.   

News about the CDI labs:

2020 - Wendell Lim was featured in UCSF Magazine. Read "Startup Science: How the Idea for Synthetic Cells Took Silicon Valley By Storm" about Lim's work.

2019 - Check out the feature highlighting the work of the El-Samad lab with the Baker lab in the Washington Post: "The 'dawn' of designer proteins."

2018 - See videos about synthetic immunology from the Roybal lab HERE.


CDI Scholarship Stipends

SEO CDI Scholarships are disbursed through a monthly stipend. Stipend checks used to be picked up in the Disbursement Office ADM 358 usually on the 15th of each month. However, with COVID-19 restrictions, we encourage you to sign up for direct deposit instead. If the 15th of the month falls on a weekend, then the checks are usually available on the prior Friday afternoon. 


Dr. Wendell Lim, Professor at UCSF