Welcome to the Cellular Biotechnology Training Program (CBTP) at the University of Michigan!

The mission of the CBTP is to prepare graduate students for scientific careers that will transform human health through biotechnological innovation. Students from diverse scientific disciplines are provided training in interdisciplinary thinking related to biotechnology and guidance about careers in industry, government, entrepreneurship, policy, and academia. CBTP trainees belong to one of 10 graduate Ph.D. programs spanning 4 colleges at the university, including: Biological Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Human Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology within the School of Medicine; Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering with the College of Engineering, Chemistry and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry within the School of Pharmacy.

The CBTP has benefitted tremendously from the financial support of an NIH T32 training grant since 1991 (one of only 20 such NIH-funded BTPs nationwide), as well as cost-sharing from the Schools and Colleges noted above, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and an original transformative gift from Parke-Davis (a former pharmaceutical company originally located in Ann Arbor).  Trainees conduct their doctoral dissertation research in the laboratories of CBTP faculty members, drawn from a diverse spectrum of academic departments across campus. In addition, the program enhances their preparation for careers outside of the traditional academic path (i.e., doctoral student/post-doc/independent PI) by immersion within the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industry via internships with a wide range of companies.  

Students who successfully complete the program can receive a Certificate in Cellular Biotechnology from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

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