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Training Programs

Collaboration with special and often interdisciplinary training programs is a hallmark of the Ph.D. program. These programs assist students with developing a broad set of research and professional skills, while fostering vibrant intellectual communities.

From related seminar courses, to annual symposia and special career workshops created by the training programs, these cooperative efforts enrich and enhance the training mission of the Division.

The doctoral program in Biological Sciences offers unique specializations for students interested in focusing their studies in a number of other areas not listed below. View a complete list of these and their requirements on our Curricular Tracks page.

Pathways in Biological Sciences (PiBS) Training Program

Directors: Drs. Randy Hampton, Amy Pasquinelli, and Deborah Yelon

An innovative successor to the long running CMG Training Program, PiBS promises to continue the Division's tradition of excellence in preparing the next generation of biologists.

Genetics Training Program

UC San Diego's complement to our outstanding research environment with specialized coursework and seminars in the area of quantitative analytical methods of both classical and modern genetics as well as emerging genomic approaches.

Interdisciplinary Specializations

Refer to Curricular Tracks for additional information on interdisciplinary specializations available to doctoral students in Biological Sciences.

Previous Programs

Cellular and Molecular Genetics (CMG) Training Program

Directors: Drs. Randy Hampton, Amy Pasquinelli, and Deborah Yelon

This NIH-sponsored training grant program has been a cornerstone of the Ph.D. training efforts in Biological Sciences for nearly 40 years. This program provides rigorous training for students interested in the molecular mechanisms of a diverse array of biological phenomena.

GAANN Fellowship Program

The U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program was designed to assist in efforts to attract and retain the most talented graduate students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, and to prepare them to engage in innovative research and teaching careers in STEM.

Plant Systems Biology (PSB) Training Program

Director: Julian Schroeder

NSF-sponsored program that has created a unique interdisciplinary program training students at the interface of systems biology, proteomics, computational genomics, network dynamics, and plant sciences.