The CGM discipline is designed for graduate students with a broad interest in investigating how prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells function as a living unit, respond to external cues, communicate with other cells, and contribute to the homeostatic and pathological processes in complex systems. We stress the development of a student's ability to think critically and to pursue hypothesis-driven research.
The CGM curriculum offers maximum flexibility and interdisciplinary training in all areas of cell biology, genetics, and molecular medicine. The CGM Plan of Study is individually tailored to match the training goals of each student with opportunities to study genetics, stem cells and development, aging, cancer, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience and neurodegeneration, metabolism, physiology, biochemistry, and drug discovery and development.
We encourage students to combine our advanced curriculum in CGM with any of the advanced core courses in the other IBMS disciplines. One important standout of the CGM curriculum includes a scientific writing course that guides students through the conception and development of their qualifying examination as well as the opportunity to participate in a mock qualifying examination. Another strength of the CGM program is expert and nurturing leadership and advisors who guide the students through their courses, milestones, and dissertation research.