Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program

Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program

The goal of the Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) training program is to provide students with the intellectual and technical skills required to solve important and complex biological problems that can be most effectively addressed by studies at the chemistry-biology interface and to create a group of graduating chemists and biologists who can effectively communicate and function successfully in multidisciplinary teams. The focus of the CBI training program is mechanistic chemistry of biomolecules. To insure cross-fertilization between chemistry and biology, students who take part in the program participate in the activities listed below.

(1) Coursework that crosses the chemistry-biology academic boundary and centers around the mechanistic chemistry of proteins. Specifically, students complete the following course requirements (or their equivalent).

a. Chemical Biology (CHEM 700)

b. Two of the following four courses: 

Organic Mechanisms (CHEM 441), 

Cell Biology and Biochemistry (BIOM 600), 

Current Biochemistry Topics (BMB 650),

Mechanisms of Biological Catalysis (CHEM 557).

(2) Chemical Biophysics Minisymposia (website)

(3) Monthly CBI luncheons (PDF)

(4) Yearly Chemistry-Biology Interface Retreat (website)

Students who participate in this program are acknowledged as CBI Scholars and receive a certificate of program completion upon graduation.

A limited number of CBI predoctoral fellowships, funded by the Institute of General Medicine (GM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are also available to CBI Scholars. Students who are awarded fellowships are acknowledged as CBI Fellows.

Inquiries about the program should be directed to the Training Program coordinator, Cheryl McFadden.