Sharing the promise of regenerative medicine is an important part of our mission.
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) offers a full range of engaging programs to educate students, teachers, scientists and the public about this exciting field. Part of our culture is to create lifelong learners and to train the next generation of talent needed to advance and practice regenerative medicine.
From the endless curiosity of third graders on a school field trip to graduate level students who conduct independent, hypothesis-driven research under the guidance of the world’s leading experts in the field, WFIRM’s aim is to highlight career opportunities in the biosciences. By providing hands-on research and training programs, we can attract and support the next generation of bright minds and talent.
The Institute's unique learning and training environment uses core technologies that are applicable to biomedical research as well as those specific to regenerative medicine. We believe that by providing opportunities to engage in highly interdisciplinary, challenging areas of regenerative medicine through a cross-disciplinary research program, we can better prepare the future leaders needed to solve our most difficult challenges.
Students can engage in research and educational programs at WFIRM through these mechanisms:
- As a direct-hire postdoctoral fellow (view list of postdoctoral openings)
- As a pre-doctoral fellow (view NIH Pre-Doctoral Training Program)
- As a research or clinical fellow supported by the home department or institution
- As a Summer Scholar - this scholarship program provides research opportunities for undergraduate and first year medical students with an interest in regenerative medicine.
- As a work-study student (Wake Forest University undergraduates only)
- As a graduate student of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Currently, students enrolled in the Molecular Medicine, Molecular Genetics, and Biomedical Engineering graduate programs are eligible to conduct their thesis research at the Institute.
- As a Visiting International Scholar - VISP provides short-term, three-month scientific training and research rotations for eligible applicants.
- Attend the annual Regenerative Medicine Essentials Course
- As a Middle and High School Teacher, WFIRM offers externships and classroom curricula in partnership with the N.C. Association for Biomedical Research and the state’s school districts. Teachers gain valuable first-hand experience in the “real world” of regenerative medicine that they translate into lessons and education workshops. Hear about one teacher's experience.