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.

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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June 22, 2016

Congratulations to Sara Wong (Mentor: Lois Weisman) and recent alum Elaina Breznau (Mentor: Ann Miller) who won the PIBS Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Service.

Nominees must have demonstrated: 

  • effectiveness and creativity in events/programs
  • effective interactions with students—both inside and outside the university
  • service to the University and/or its community— various committees, event management, and outreach activities 
June 17, 2016

We would like to welcome the following new students that have joined the Cellular & Molecular Biology program:

Samantha Devenport - Mentor (C. Brenner)

Ameya Jalihal - Mentor (N. Walter)

Brian McGrath - Mentor (S. Bielas)

Hillary Miller - Mentor (S. Leiser)

Lindsay Moritz - Mentor (R. Trievel)

June 17, 2016

CMB would like to congratulate and acknowledge the following students on the passing and completion of their prelim exam.  Completing the prelim is a major step in the CMB program and they deserve to savor and appreciate the moment!


Breane Budaitis, Maxwell DeNies, Quinn Ellison, Jaclyn Fingerhut, Anna Gormley, Katelyn Green, Steve Grzegorski, Hannah Hong, Adam Krieger, Henry Kuang, Alyssa Miller, Samir Nath, Patrick O'Hayer, Eric Perkey, Ronald Siebenaler, Jane Song, Noah Steinfeld and Molly Thorson