What is Stem Cell Research? Scope and Career Opportunities

By Mr Vijayaraghavan

What is Stem Cell Research?
A stem cell is an immature cell that has the potential to become specialized into different types of cells throughout the body. In the recent times, there has been an increasing demand for quality and trained manpower in this evolving branch of biomedicine. As a result, stem cell research is emerging as one of the latest career options.

Job Description of Stem Cell Scientist.
Stem cell research is among the most rapidly growing fields of science. In India, several institutes are researching newer therapies based on empirical study and experiments of the effects of stem cells in different biological realms. The job of a stem cell research scientist is to carry forward this study. It is not only medical professionals who can be eligible for a career in stem cell research and therapy. Students of basic biology too can find jobs in stem cell research and related fields.

What is Stem Cell Research? Scope and Career

What are the duties or roles of a stem cell scientist?
Scientists working in the field of Stem cell research may cover all aspects of stem cells that are emerging and/or already in the limelight. These include embryonic stem cells, tissue-specific stem cells, cancer stem cells, developmental studies, stem cell genomes, and translational research.

What are educational requirements to become a stem cell scientist?
It's exciting to know how any interested stakeholder can now be part of this brilliant field. Students need a Post Graduate degree in regenerative medicine or in science & knowledge of biology. At this point, the highest scope of entry into the stem cell research industry is for students. Although a comprehensive medical academic background is not an essential requirement for entry into this field, having an understanding of the working style and concept of research is an added advantage to those who wish to contribute.

What is Stem Cell Research? Scope and Career

Scope of stem cell research as a career.
Recently, there has been an increasing demand for quality and trained manpower in this evolving branch of biomedicine. As a result of this, stem cell research is emerging as a rage among the many career options available to people in associated fields.

Career opportunities for a stem cell research scientist
The current investment in stem cell research in India is more than Rs 1000 crores. Most of the investment in stem cell research in India is in the government sector. So there are a lot of research opportunities on a national front in India.

Colleges in India that offer education in stem cells research
The School of Regenerative Medicine at Manipal University, the Centre for Stem Cell Research (CSCR) situated in Vellore, the National Centre for Cell Science at Pune are some of the few that offer a comprehensive outlook to the world of stem cell research and regenerative biomedicine.

What is the salary that can be expected by a stem cell research scientist?
The field is a lucrative one where even a middle level candidate can earn between Rs 12 to 30 lakh per annum. Building experience over the years, a middle to senior level candidate can add to this figure and finally receive anything between Rs 30 lakh to 2 crore per annum.

Also Read: What is Pure Science?

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