Education Department December 2023 Updates

Read more about SRF Education programs highlights and upcoming events.

Thank Yous

Thank you so much to Tam and Rameen for your phenomenal proposal presentations. It was remarkable to see the progress you are making on your research projects!

Thank you to Dr. Briana De Miranda for your brilliant talk! It was fantastic to hear about the broader work in our field. Thank you for your time and for sharing your work.

Thank you so much to ABRCMS for having Lilli as a judge and aboard a “opportunities in STEM disciplines” panel! It was wonderful to connect with diverse, unbelievably talented students from around the country, and attend talks focused on supporting our student population.

Thank you to the Molecular and Cell Biology Undergraduate Student Association (mcbUSA) and Molecular & Cell Biology, Cell Developmental, Neurobiological Association (MCBcDNA) at UC Berkeley for inviting us to speak with current students about our programs.

Thank you to Rutgers University-Camden for hosting Leo Rodriguez, our Science Education Specialist, at their Fall 2023 Internship career fair. It was great to connect with the students and the career center faculty!


We are proud and thrilled to welcome Leo Rodriguez onto the education team! Leo is our new Science Education Specialist and joins us after his MS in Biology, concentration in Physiology and Behavioral Biology at San Francisco State University. Leo will be helping with recruiting and mentoring students, so please keep an eye out for him in the RC or in your inbox.

Leonardo Rodriguez

Science Education Specialist

We are ecstatic to welcome aboard Kriti Bhardwaj to our 2024 Graduate Internship program!

Kriti Bhardwaj

M.S. student at University of San Francisco

Rebbaa lab

Ongoing Programs

The Sponsor a Student campaign is still ongoing! Please encourage people to sponsor our brilliant students and increase our reach. We love connecting students to labs to fuel the mission to end age related disease, but we also love transforming the lives and careers of young people. The investment in these students will ensure that the brightest minds, the best scientists, and the most influential leaders know that aging is not an absolute – we can combat aging and live healthier for longer!

Perks include:

  • A designated student sponsorship is named in your honor for the 2024 summer or 2023-2024 school year.
  • Admission for 2 to SRF’s education sponsors event April 4th-6th, 2024, in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Two tickets to SRF’s annual scientific conference, Ending Aging Forum.
  • Postbaccalaureate sponsors will receive virtual invites to the sponsored student’s final presentation.
  • Your name is displayed on a plaque in our Research Center.

Open Applications

Applications for the summer and postbaccc program open October 15th! Check out our programs and share them with your network:

– Summer Scholars
– Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

We are in the throes of recruiting and will be announcing our various recruiting activities in the coming month.

We are thrilled to announce the acceptance of two new Graduate Interns, Michael, and Kriti who will start in the new year. We’ll tell you more about them in the coming months. 

Our new PhD program is always open for applications! Last month we released a new policy for Staff members who want to take advantage of this program – please let Lilli know if you are interested or if you have any questions!

— Upcoming Dates —

When What
1PST: Faculty Presentation by Dr. Briana De Miranda (University of Alabama Birmingham)
Bay Area Aging Meeting
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1PST: Faculty Presentation by Dr. Amutha Boominathan
“Gene therapy approaches for mtDNA mutations”
SRF closed - Christmas Day

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