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PROGRAM DIRECTOR:  Dr. Randolph Hampton, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, UCSD

Program Advisory Committee:

Dr. William McGinnis, Professor of Molecular Biology, UCSD, Executive Director of the CMG Training Program

Dr. Jim Kadonaga, Professor, Professor of Molecular Biology, UCSD

Dr. Lorraine Pillus, Professor of Molecular Biology, UCSD

Dr. Gentry Patrick, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, UCSD

Dr. Andrew Dillin, Associate Professor of Biology, Salk Institute

Dr. Betsy Komives, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSD

Dr. E. Peter Geiduschek, Professor of Molecular Biology, UCSD

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Mission:  The mission of the CMG Training Program is to teach the best PhD students in the Biological and Biochemistry programs how to extend, evaluate, and communicate research that explains the molecular mechanisms underlying the diverse phenomena of living beings.  The program provides rigorous basic research training in cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics to outstanding young researchers in the earlier years of their doctoral studies.  Specific emphasis is placed upon the creativity, quality, and impact of the research, the ethical conduct of research, the achievement of racial diversity among researchers, the ability of the trainees to communicate their results effectively, and the promotion of cooperation and collaboration among scientists.

Training Program:  The CMG Training Program provides a unique, multi-institute / multi-department training environment that includes faculty from the Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD. 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 34th year, and provides support for 37 outstanding PhD students.  The fellows fulfill the general requirements of their respective graduate programs and additionally participate in CMG-specific training activities, which include biannual CMG Training Program Symposia, annual one-on-one Conferences with the Program Director, and CMG Career Development Workshops.  Over the past 10 years, 183 CMG trainees have participated in this program.