The Michigan Predoctoral Training Program in Genetics (GTP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides enriched genetics education for students receiving their Ph.D. degrees in six departments: Biological Chemistry; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Human Genetics; Microbiology and Immunology; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; and Pharmacology. Our goal is to train investigators who can combine disciplinary expertise with the new research opportunities of the genomic era.

The GTP includes approximately 70 faculty members and 24 trainees. Ongoing research projects range from microbial and viral gene regulation to yeast, plant, fly, mouse and human genetics, and functional genomics. Students are generally supported during their second and third years of graduate study. Our graduate students have gone on to productive research careers in academia, government, and industry.

Trainees benefit from a University environment that is strongly oriented towards graduate education, with a large and interactive research community that is among the top ten in NIH funding. University supported core laboratories facilitate trainee research by providing access to state of the art technology, including transgenic models, DNA sequencing, genotyping, and large scale gene expression. The curriculum includes formal coursework in genetics and interactive seminars. Each year, trainees select four outstanding geneticists from outside the university to lecture on an area of interest. Our annual retreat features an invited keynote speaker and oral and poster presentations by current and former trainees.

The University of Michigan Genetics Training Program is one of the oldest NIH supported training programs and continues to be a vital component of graduate education and biomedical research at the University of Michigan.

Program Director

John Moran, Department of Human Genetics

Associate Director

Anthony Antonellis, Department of Human Genetics

Department Representatives to the Executive Committee

Biological Chemistry - Audrey Seasholtz
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology - Timothy James
Human Genetics - Microbiology & Immunology - Christiane Wobus
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology - John Schiefelbein
Pharmacology - Paul Hollenberg

Student Representatives

Christina Vallianatos
Alyssa Kruger