The Quantitative Cell and Molecular Biology (qCMB) Training Program will provide comprehensive and flexible
training in quantitative approaches in order to facilitate transdisciplinary and collaborative research in the broad
field of Cell & Molecular Biology. The Program will produce outstanding graduates with the skills to meet the
computational and professional demands of modern life science research. The objectives include to produce
more graduates able to apply computational approaches to solve biological problems, build and sustain an
accessible curriculum to provide training in this area, encourage and support transdisciplinary collaborations,
provide training and professional development opportunities to better prepare students for the workforce, and
facilitate completion by fostering a supportive and inclusive environment.
The qCMB program is designed to support students engaging in collaborative research projects requiring the
generation and analysis of large biological datasets particularly those generated through sequencing, imaging
and flow cytometry. It combines recently developed computational and quantitative coursework with a new
gateway course developed for this program, and innovative approaches to encourage reproducible research.
Progress will be monitored through annual reports, seminars and committee meetings. Trainees will be
prepared for entry to the workforce through personalized career mentoring, along with professional skills
training, mentoring from industry professionals and guided access to internship experiences.
Trainees will be welcomed and supported regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability. The
program will facilitate this through peer mentoring, established events such as an Annual Picnic, and Poster
Symposium. We will build a qCMB community through monthly meetings, and a summer symposium/retreat.
Preceptors will be supported through required training that will hone their mentoring skills and convey
strategies to ensure mentees engage in reproducible research. Existing and new collaborations between
preceptors working in areas such as Biology of Single Cells, Post-Transcriptional Control, Genome
Architecture & Function, and Protein Structure & Function will provide students with opportunities to engage in
transdisciplinary quantitative/computational research that requires comprehension of cell and molecular
biology. Preceptor mentoring plans and effectiveness will be evaluated by the qCMB leadership.
Potential trainees (8-10 each year) are recruited into the existing interdisciplinary Cell & Molecular Biology PhD
Program, and rotate during their first year to identify a lab/preceptor that fits their research interests and
mentoring needs. At the end of the first year, three trainees entering qCMB labs will be selected for support
through this award and each will be supported for two years before transitioning to the preceptor's research
grant or other fellowship for stipend support. The award will support a total of 15 trainees, who will transition to
positions in academia, or industry that require data analysis, collaboration and research experience.