The Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) Program is an admitting PhD umbrella program that provides flexible, multidisciplinary training in a research-intensive and highly collegial environment. The Program allows broad exposure to a diversity of research areas before a specific focus is chosen. Prospective students apply for admission to CMB through The Graduate School. In the first year, CMB students take a unique, modular course that provides in-depth exploration of six self-chosen topics in intensive, 2-week segments with faculty experts. First-year students also are required to select and successfully complete three lab rotations before choosing a faculty research mentor. The student then affiliates with a degree-granting department/program for completion of the Ph.D. There are currently 113 training faculty from across the University who are affiliated with the CMB Program and 90plus pre-doctoral students. In the first two years of training, students are supported by the CMB Training Grant (NIH T32 GM007184) or by The Graduate School. Financial support for the remainder of graduate training is provided by the research mentor/department, although students are encouraged to secure their own funding through submission of grant proposals.

Mission: Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at Duke University that empowers diverse students to become rigorous, responsible, independent scientists, equipped with the technical, operational and professional skills needed to thrive in the modern biomedical workforce. CMB achieves this objective through a safe, equitable, ethical and inclusive training environment, an integrated, trainee-centered curriculum and research experience, and a robust program of faculty mentoring, skills development, career advancement and institutional support.

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