Professional Science Master's

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A New Science Frontier

The SFSU's science master's program has been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation as one of 21 projects funded nationally. During 2010-2013, more than 20 SFSU PSM students have received prestigious NSF scholarships for interdisciplinary graduate training in Biotechnology and Stem Cell Science..

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) is an innovative, new graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. PSM programs consist of two years of academic training in an emerging or interdisciplinary area, along with a professional component that may include internships and "cross-training" in workplace skills, such as business, communications, and regulatory affairs. All have been developed in concert with employers and are designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities.

 

PSM Spring 2014 Announcement:

Professional Science Master's student Ninalynn Daquigan was a Professor Don Eden CSU Graduate Student Research Award finalist. Nina presented her internship research on foodborne E. coli bacteria at the 26th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium on January 10, 2014, in Santa Clara, CA.  Her work is featured in a SF State News article "Student Award Finalist Isolates E. Coli."  To read the article, visit:  http://news.sfsu.edu/student-award-finalist-isolates-e-coli 

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PSM Fall 2013 Announcement: Graduate Students Assist Bay Area Life Science Industry Startups

Professional Science Master’s students Helen Lam, Peter Manzo and Joseph Oloo participated as Project Managers in the BayBio Fellows All-Star Team (FAST) Advisory Program. FAST is a new team-based advisory program that connects qualified Bay Area life science startups with experienced professionals in order to fast-track their path to funding and success.

Photo (attachment) L-R: Helen Lam, PSM Director Dr. Lily Chen, Peter Manzo and Joseph Oloo

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PSM Spring 2013 Graduates

Congratulations to 100% degree completion rate of the 2nd cohort class (entered SFSU in August 2011) in the Master of Science in Biomedical Science program! The 2013 Professional Science Master's graduates are: Amanda Chargin, Benny Freistadt, Tia Gareau, Brenna Gibson-Tirumalashetty, Collin Horn, Tina Lam, Saziya Latif, Huey Jiin Liu, Kacey VanderVorst. Congratulations Class of 2013!

 

  • Mr. Benny Freistadt, a SFSU PSM second cohort class student (admitted in August 2011) and a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow, completed his master's project defense on March 22 2013. His internship reserach "Capillary-Scale Ion-Exchange HPLC Method Development for Analysis of Protein Therapeutics” was conducted at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) under the mentorships of Dr. Jennifer Rea (Genentech) and PSM directors (SFSU).  Benny has accepted a research associate position at the Genentech.  Congratulations, Benny!

 

  • Ms. Brenna Gibson-Tirumalashetty, a SFSU PSM second cohort class student (admitted in August 2011) and a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow, completed her master’s project defense on April 17 2013.  Her internship research “Neurosupportive Properties of Mesenchymal Stem Cell ECM: the Role of TGM2” was conducted at SanBio Inc. (Mountain View, CA) under the mentorships of Dr. Irina Aizman (SanBio) and PSM directors (SFSU).  Brenna has accepted a full-time Research Associate position at a food technology start-up company Beyond Eggs & Hampton Creek Foods (San Francisco).  Congratulations, Brenna!

 

  • Ms. Tia Gareau, a SFSU PSM second cohort class student (admitted in August 2011) completed her master’s project defense on April 19, 2013.  Her internship research “Implementation of an Industrial Monoclonal Antibody Cell Culture Process” was conducted at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) under the mentorships of Abigail Pynn (Genentech) and PSM directors (SFSU).  Tia has accepted a research associate position at the Genentech.  Congratulations, Tia!

 

  • Ms. Amanda Chargin, a SFSU PSM second cohort class student (admitted in August 2011) and a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow, completed her master’s project defense on April 24, 2013.  Her internship research “Multiparameter Analysis of Breast Tissue Utilizing Flow Cytometry” was conducted at IncellDx, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA) under the mentorships of Dr. Bruce Patterson (IncellDx) and PSM directors (SFSU).  Amanda has accepted a full-time Research Development Scientist position at IncellDx and is a member of Penfold-Patterson Research Institute (PPRI), a non-profit organization focused on delivering low-cost, high-quality diagnostic testing to women in third world countries.  Congratulations, Amanda! (College of Science & Engineering Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient). Congratulations, Amanda!

 

  • Ms. Saziya Latif, a SFSU PSM second cohort class student (admitted in August 2011) and a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow and a trainee of California Institute of Regenerative Medicine-funded Bridge to Stem Cell Research program, completed her master’s project defense on April 24, 2013.  Her internship research “Identifying Early Developmental Enhancers in Zebrafish Using Stem Cell Regulatory Enhancer Marks” was conducted at University of California- San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) under the mentorships of Dr. Nadav Ahituv (UCSF) and PSM/CIRM directors (SFSU).  Congratulations, Saziya!

 

  • Ms. Huey Jiin Liu, a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow and a trainee of California Institute of Regenerative Medicine-funded Bridge to Stem Cell Research program, completed her master’s project defense on April 29, 2013.  Her internship research “Generating and Investigating Protein-Protein Interactions of Cardiac Transcription Factors in Mouse Cardiomyocyte” was conducted at Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and the Roddenberry Center for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine (San Francisco, CA) under the mentorships of Dr. Deepak Srivastava (Gladstone Institute) and PSM/CIRM directors (SFSU).  Huey Jiin will continue as a research associate in Dr. Srivastava’s laboratory. Congratulations, Huey Jiin!

 

  • Ms. Collin Horn, a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow, completed his master’s project defense on May 2, 2013.  His internship research “Development of a Delivery Device for a Novel Therapeutic” was conducted at BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Novato, CA) under the mentorships of Dr. Mubarack Muthalif (BioMarin) and PSM directors (SFSU).  Collin has accepted a business development lead and project manager position at Buildmark, a software startup company based on San Francisco. Congratulations, Collin!

 

  • Ms. Kacey VanderVorst, a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow and a trainee of California Institute of Regenerative Medicine-funded Bridge to Stem Cell Research program, completed her master’s project defense on May 8, 2013.  Her internship research “Effect of Breast Tumor Stromal Fibroblasts on Breast Cancer Stem Cell Radioresistance” was conducted at Stanford University (Stanford, CA) under the mentorships of Dr. Maximilian Diehn (Stanford) and PSM/CIRM directors (SFSU).  Kacey plans to attend the Ph.D. program (Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology) at University of California-Davis in Fall 2013. (College of Science & Engineering Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient). Congratulations, Kacey!

 

  • Ms. Tina Lam, a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow, completed her master’s project defense on May 15, 2013.  Her internship research “Specificity of the PET Probe [18F]F-AraG for Activated T Cells” was conducted at CellSight Technologies (San Francisco, CA) under the mentorships of Dr. Gang Ren (CellSight) and PSM directors (SFSU).  Tina will continue as a research associate at the CellSight Technologies. Congratulations, Tina!

 

    2013 Graduation photo

 

 

PSM Spring 2013 Announcement:

PSM 2nd cohort class students Benny Freistadt, Kacey VanderVorst and Amanda Chargin presented master's internship research posters at the 25th CSUPERB Biotechnology Symposium (January 3-5, 2013, Anaheim).

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Here is a recent announcement from the CSU Public Affairs website about our program: http://www.calstate.edu/pa/News/2010/release/nsf-grants.shtml

And see PSM on SF State top news on Sept. 14, 2010. http://www.sfsu.edu/~news/2010/fall/13.html and Jan. 4, 2012. http://www.sfsu.edu/news/2012/spring/1.html.

 

Program Updates

Congratulations to the 1st cohort class graduates in MS-Biomedical Science (Professional Science Master's)!

 

PSM Spring 2012 Graduates

Congratulations to PSM 2012 graduates: Navdeep Grewal and Constance Chow.

 

  • Navdeep Grewal, a PSM-Biotechnology student completed her master's project "Evaluation of QIAGEN's New Products with the Recent Acquisition of SABiosciences" at Qiagen (USA) on May 4th 2012.

 

  • Constance Lan Chow, a PSM-Biotechnology student completed her master's project "Evaluation of Early Banking in the ClonePix FL Cell Line Development Protocol" at MedImmune (Santa Clara, CA) on May 9th 2012.

 

PSM Spring 2011 Graduates

Congratulations to PSM 2011 graduates: Chanawan (Joy) Chananukul, Samantha Kubeck, Casey Haynes and Adam Harvey.


  • Chanawan (Joy) Chananukul, a PSM-Stem Cell Science student and a trainee of California Institute of Regenerative Medicine-funded Bridge to Stem Cell Research program, completed her master’s project “Development of Ex Vivo Expanded Megakaryocyte Progenitors for Platelet Recovery” Cellerant Therapeutics (San Carlos, CA) on September 9th 2011.

  • Samantha Kubeck, a PSM-Biotechnology student and a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow, completed her master’s project “Lotions as New Models for PCR Inhibition” conducted at Life Technologies (Foster City, CA) on November18th 2011.

  • Casey Renée Haynes, a PSM-Stem Cell Science student and a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow, completed her master’s project “Practical Aspects: Stem Cell Based Biotech” at BetaStem Therapeutics Inc.  (San Francisco, CA) on December 7th 2011.

  • Adam Christopher Harvey, a PSM-Biotechnology student and a NSF Science Masters Program scholarship fellow, completed his master’s project “Proteomic Analysis of Neuroregenerative Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Derived Extracellular Matrix” at SanBio Inc. (Mountain View, CA) on December 8th 2011.  


Contratulations Class of 2012!


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The Professional Science Master's program and Director Dr. Lily Chen are the focus of a San Francisco Business Times article on 1-20-2012 "S.F. State Program Links Science, Business." To read the article, visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/01/20/sf-state-program-links-science.html

This article can also be downloaded from here.

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