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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 (EEB), Human Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) 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 74 faculty members and 31 trainees. During the current funding period, 38 students received the Ph.D. degree and the curriculum was updated to include training in computational biology and quantitative data analysis. Ongoing research projects range from microbial and viral gene regulation to yeast, plant, fly, mouse and human genetics, and functional genomics. Students are usually supported for 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 trainees' 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 three 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 GTP, one of the oldest NIH supported training programs, continues to be a vital component of graduate education and biomedical research at the University of Michigan.

Program Director

Miriam Meisler, Department of Human Genetics

Associate Director

John Moran, Department of Human Genetics

Department Representatives to the Executive Committee

Biological Chemistry - Audrey Seasholtz
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology - Priscilla Tucker
Human Genetics - John Moran
Microbiology/Immunology - Kathy Spindler
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology - John Schiefelbein
Pharmacology - Paul Hollenberg

Student Representatives

William Law
So Hae (Irene) Park