The Cellular and Molecular Biology Program (CMB) is a vibrant PhD-granting program that offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective based on the latest research advances incorporating cellular and molecular biology. Students can choose from more than 150 faculty laboratories throughout the University, and interact and collaborate in a student-oriented research environment with cutting edge research resources.

The CMB Program was the first interdisciplinary degree-granting graduate program in the sciences at the University of Michigan. It was initiated over 35 years ago by a grassroots faculty effort, the outgrowth of long-standing informal interactions among faculty and students interested in molecular biology, cell biology and molecular and microbial genetics. These interactions were formally recognized in 1971, when the Rackham School of Graduate Studies conferred degree-granting privileges to the CMB Program. CMB remains the only broad-based training program in biomedical sciences and is supported by a longstanding training grant from the NIH. The CMB Program fosters interactions among students and faculty, helping to broaden the students’ appreciation of diverse research opportunities and to encourage interdisciplinary thinking in a highly collaborative atmosphere. Over 150 students have been awarded the Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology since its inception. Our alumni continue to be leaders in research in many venues. (Average Time to Degree: 5.6 years; Attrition Rate: 10%)

In 1998, the Medical School launched The Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) to coordinate admissions, recruitment and first year training for 11 graduate programs (expanded since to 14) in the biomedical sciences, including CMB. In this context, our distinctive goal is to continue to provide a firm basis in cellular and molecular biology through the exceptional individualized training that characterizes the CMB Program.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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October 4, 2016

Congratulations are in order to recognize Anabel Flores, who was awarded the HHMI Gilliam Fellowship! Anabel's mentor is Christi Carter-Su.

The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study support exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders, especially those students who will go on to become faculty members at colleges and universities.

September 12, 2016

Exciting announcement from SACNAS:  The University of Michigan chapter awarded 2016 Role Model of the Year Award for Outstanding Recruitment and Membership.  Congratulations to Carla Ramos of CMB, all the faculty and student founding members, and all current student members!! 

 If you are interested in joining, please contact Carla directly (cjram@umich.edu) or sacnasatumich@gmail.com.  You may also learn more about the UM Chapter by viewing their UM Maize Page.

September 6, 2016

Please welcome our newest CMB student, Elaine Liu. Elaine is in the MSTP Program and is interested in understanding the pathogenesis of Niemann-Pick C and disruptions in protein quality control and autophagy.  Her mentor is Andrew Lieberman (Pathology).  Welcome Elaine!