The Molecular and Cell Biology Department has two current NIH T32 training grants. The Molecular Basis of Cell Function (NIGMS) and Genomics (NHGRI) sponsored grants. The two training programs solicit potential trainee applications from faculty each year and candiates are evaluated, selected and appointed to each program in June.
The The Molecular Basis of Cell Function (5T32GM007232-38) training program has a long-standing and defining principle: early and persistent emphasis on student training for an individually directed path to innovative research. The breadth of interests and interactions among the trainees and training grant faculty, combined with unique program requirements such as peer-group research presentations starting in the first year, encourage trainees to seek cross-disciplinary training opportunities. Another key tenet of the program is that the students share their knowledge by classroom teaching and participation in advanced seminar classes. The program is strongly committed to recruiting and training students from diverse personal backgrounds. The Molecular Basis of Cell Function is the only training grant specific to, and the only training grant largely comprehensive for, the MCB graduate program. Training grant faculty research spans the 5 administrative Divisions of the Department (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/ Cell and Developmental Biology/ Genetics, Genomics, and Development/ Immunology and Pathogenesis/ Neurobiology).
The Genomics and Computational Biology (5T32HG000047-18) training program provides predoctoral training and research, emphasizing the cross-disciplinary nature of this rapidly advancing field. The program has three principal thrusts: the comparative and evolutionary analysis of genomes; the study of population level genetic variation; and the dissection of epigenetic and gene-regulatory networks. Trainees will take advantage of a rich training environment of seminars, retreats, and group meetings as well as a diverse set of formal course offerings that range from introductory to advanced methods in genomic biology. Research training will typically begin by the end of the second year, following an introductory period of laboratory rotations, coursework, and preliminary examinations. Progress of the trainees is evaluated by annual thesis reviews and regular meetings with mentors. The Program will train an average of 11 predoctoral students per year in genomics and computational biology.