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Training Programs

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology faculty participate in various multidisciplinary training programs here at the Medical School. The following is a brief description of four of these training programs.

Molecular Mechanisms in Microbial Pathogenesis

The Program in Molecular Mechanisms in Microbial Pathogenesis (MMMP) is an interdepartmental program designed to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows an integrated training program that focuses on the molecular and cellular biology of pathogenic microorganisms and the host response to them. The training includes coursework, a seminar/journal club program, exposure to clinical problems through attendance at hospital infectious disease rounds, and a wide range of possible laboratory experiences that span the areas of microbial pathogenicity and host response.

Cellular Biotechnology Training Program (CBTP)

The Cellular Biotechnology Training Program (CBTP) at the University of Michigan is designed to provide students in a wide range of graduate departments an enhanced educational experience directed towards biotechnology. The Program, which is departmental based, provides students a background in basic cellular design principles and insights into rational engineering directed toward development of integrated bio-technological processes for optimum production of useful products. This enhanced experience includes: (1) monthly dinner meetings in which students from the associated departments discuss their research and discuss research with invited faculty; (2) a one semester course in cellular biotechnology; (3) a seminar series directed towards biotechnology with outstanding scientists from academia and industry; (4) an opportunity to have a research experience in an industrial setting; (5) a yearly symposium in which students and faculty have an opportunity through posters to discuss their research; and (6) contacts with scientists in the biotechnology industry. The study of how microbes cause disease encompasses a number of scientific disciplines. For more information, please visit the CBTP web site.

Cancer Biology Training Program

The central goal of the Cancer Biology Training Program is to train exceptional junior investigators at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels to address fundamental Biological problems related to human cancer. This program is both multidisciplinary and interdepartmental, drawing its strength from the interdisciplinary cooperation of 37 faculty members from 14 basic science and clinical departments within the University of Michigan Medical School. The Program draws further strength from its association with U of M's Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Program trains predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars with research opportunities focusing on four specific areas of basic research: Cancer Genetics and Virology, Cancer Cell Biology, Tumor Immunology, and Cancer Pharmacology. Predoctoral students comprise a subset of students already accepted into established graduate programs including Program in Biomedical Sciences. All trainees must have significant interest in pursing a career in some aspect of cancer-related research. This interdepartmental training program is dovetailed into existing departmental and interdisciplinary training programs while providing a cohesive, high quality training experience in cancer biology. For more information, please visit the Cancer Biology Training Program web site.

Genetics Training Program

Genetics Training Program is interdisciplinary, with a faculty composed of members from the Departments of Biological Chemistry, Biology, Human Genetics, Microbiology/Immunology, and Pharmacology. Faculty members of the program have a common interest in the solution of genetic problems. Research areas include nucleic acid biochemistry; gene induced protein alterations; phage and animal virus genetics; control of genetic function in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; developmental genetics of yeast, Drosophila, and the mouse; plant genetics; immunogenetics; pharmacogenetics; cytogenetics; somatic-cell genetics; biometrics and population genetics; and human clinical genetics. Trainees work toward a Ph.D degree in one of the five departments while completing the core requirements of the Genetics Training Program and must demonstrate competence in basic genetics as well as complete the degree requirements of the specific department to which they apply. The program is flexible in order to meet students' special interests; each student develops an individualized program with his or her advisory committee. The facilities of the 49 individual faculty members and the 5 departments involved include the space and equipment required for the completion of a successful training program.

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