Trainees are required to complete 14 credits of courses. Exceptions may be made upon successful petition to the Program Committee

  • A foundation course: (Select One)
    • BMMB 598 Special Topics: Biomolecular Structure (3)
    • MCIBS/BIOL/VBSC 503 Critical Elements of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (3)
  • A course in the area of gene regulation
    • BMMB 543 Current Topics in Eukaryotic Gene Regulation (3)
  • A course in Bioinformatics or Genomics: (Select One)
    • BMB 482 Introduction to Computational Biology (3)
    • BMMB/MCIBS/BGEN 551 Genomics (3)
  • A course in Statistics:
    • STAT 555 Statistical Analysis of Genomics Data (3)
  • An ethics course (RCR and R&R), selected according to trainee major:
    • BIOL 592 (1) or BMMB 509 (1) or CHEM 500 (1) or MCIBS 591 (2)
  • Elective Courses: A short list of recommended courses available to trainees
    • Electives include the following courses:
      • BMB 474 Analytical Biochemistry (3)
      • BMMB/MCIBS 554 Foundations in Data Driven Life Sciences (3)
      • BMMB/CHEM 572 Nucleic Acids Chemistry (3)
      • BMMB 852 Applied Bioinformatics (2)

Developmental Activities

Trainees are required to actively participate in all of the following:

  • MEGAMeeting
  • Monthly trainee meeting
    • All trainees meet once a month over lunch (provided) or dinner (provided) for about 90 minutes and choose format and topics for discussion. Some of the examples include 10 min oral presentations of research (with no visual aids) followed by Q & A and critique by the group. One of the trainees will be randomly asked to summarize the discussions to provide a perspective on what was understood from the general presentation. Other examples include lightning talks, chalk talks, review of recent literature (one slide per paper) etc. This format will also be used for once-a semester ethics discussion.
  • Annual CEGR Retreat
  • Peer mentoring and leadership experience
  • Internship
  • Conference/workshop attendance
  • Alumni Mentors Career Development Program

Additional optional activities:

  • Teaching instruction and training
  • Grant-writing workshop