Year 5

Over the last reporting period, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Shared Research Lab (SRL) has been involved with human pluripotent stem cell research and rodent embryonic stem cell research with CHLA and USC research institutions.

The CHLA (SRL) provides comprehensive support for researchers in the Los Angeles area, offering services including quality controlled cells and reagents, shared equipment, laboratory space, technical assistance, consultation, biobanking and training. Although the CHLA SRL does not run a formal CIRM funded techniques course, CHLA offers one on one training to investigators wishing to learn pluripotent stem cell culture techniques. We also offer a 2.5 day basic cell culture course for investigators needing an introduction to the techniques required to work with these culturing systems.

The stem cell core was instrumental in mentoring and supporting CIRM bridges students during the last year. We provided support, knowledge, and education regarding their projects and technical assistance with cell expansion.