About the Program

This program provides continued training of predoctoral graduate students in the area of molecular and cell biology. The program is funded by NIH grant T32 GM007377, which is the longest running (since 1978, currently in year 33) NIH-supported training program at UC Davis. The program currently funds fourteen PhD students, and is the largest NIH-supported training program at UC Davis. This program is unusual for an NIH-funded training program in that it is not associated with a specific department or graduate program/group, but is open to students in labs across campus whose research program has a molecular and cellular biology focus. There are currently 50 trainers (faculty) associated with the program, spread across nine departments in three colleges.

Program Benefits include funding for 1-3 years of graduate education (typically years 2-4) including a full stipend and all tuition and fees. Participation in this program also enriches your graduate experience through trainee participation in "Brown Bag" seminar series, where each trainee gives a chalk talk on their research project; Career luncheons, where PhDs in a diverse array of careers (pharma, biotech, patent law, NIH program officials, etc.) meet with students to discuss their current positions and how they got there; Techniques workshops, where trainees receive hands-on training in proteomics, high throughput DNA sequencing, super-resolution microscopy, etc.; Funding to attend national/international meetings; Joint Seminars in Molecular Biology seminar program, with trainee-invited speakers; and an Annual Retreat, with scientific sessions and other activities focusing on trainee research and career development.