Cell and Molecular Genetics Training Program

This program is a cornerstone of the PhD training effort in the biological sciences at UC San Diego, as it helps support the best graduate students from the Biological Sciences / Salk Institute and Chemistry / Biochemistry graduate programs. The mission of the Cell and Molecular Genetics (CMG) Training Program is to provide rigorous training for outstanding young researchers in the early years of their doctoral studies, who are interested in the molecular mechanisms of a diverse array of biological phenomena. Specific emphasis is placed upon the creativity, quality, and impact of the research, the ethical conduct of research, the achievement of diversity among researchers, the ability of the trainees to communicate their results effectively, and the promotion of cooperation and collaboration among scientists.

About the Program

The CMG Training Program provides a unique, multi-institute / multi-department training environment that includes faculty from the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UC San Diego. The spirit of community that is embodied in this program leads to a higher quality of science and serves as an excellent model to the trainees of the many benefits of working in a cooperative manner. The CMG Training Program emphasizes basic mechanistic research into biological phenomena.

The CMG Training Program is currently in its 38th year, and provides support for 33 outstanding PhD students. The fellows fulfill the general requirements of their respective graduate programs and additionally participate in CMG-specific training activities, which include the course, “Advances in Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms”, a biannual CMG Training Program Symposia, annual one-on-one Conferences with the Program Director, and CMG Career Development Workshops.

CMG Advisory Committee