Training Programs, Grants and Research Fellowships

Basic Neuroscience Training Program

This is a jointly sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional pre-doctoral training program grant from 40 neuroscientists across 11 academic departments at UC Davis. The goal of the program is to provide a broad training in the fundamental principles of neuroscience for entering students that will lay solid foundations for their specialized research in advanced years and provide them with the broad perspective essential for their establishing successful independent research programs in neuroscience in their future careers. Trainees participate in a teaching program especially designed to give exposure to as broad a range of modern neuroscience sub disciplines and technologies as possible including cellular and molecular neuroscience, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neurogenetics, systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience and modeling, the neurobiology of disease, and central neural mechanisms of behavior.

Cameron Carter
Center for Neuroscience

Biomolecular Technology Training Grant / Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB)

This program provides well-coordinated multidisciplinary training of pre-doctoral graduate students in critical areas of biotechnology research that address public health and a structure for interdisciplinary research environments that integrate basic biological science and engineering disciplines as well as academic and industrial experiences. The formal training program is the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology (DEB) graduate program.

Bruce Hammock

Karen McDonald

Program Coordinator:
Judith A. Kjelstrom
(530) 752-8228

Chemical Biology Program Training Grant

The Chemical Biology Program (CBP) supports students engaged in pre-doctoral training at the chemistry-biology interface. The CBP is funded in part by an NIH T32 Training Grant, providing fellowships for 3-4 highly qualified Ph.D. candidates annually. It is intended to prepare students for careers in the biomedical workforce where they can effectively communicate and direct research programs that integrate approaches across the two disciplines.

For more information about the program, eligibility requirements and list of faculty trainers, please visit:

Principal Investigator:
Peter Beal

CREATE-IGERT Training Fellowships

The multi-institutional National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program, entitled Collaborative Research and Education in Agricultural Technologies and Engineering (CREATE) is an interdisciplinary graduate research and educational training program focused on the use of transgenic plants and in-vitro plant systems in three research focus areas: Biofuels & Biorefineries; Plant-Made Products and Environmental Sustainability. First, second and third year doctoral students working with CREATE-IGERT faculty trainers may be nominated for support.

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Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung
UC Davis Biotechnology Program

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (UC Davis-HHMI) Training Program in Translational Research

The goal of this training program is to introduce highly-qualified and highly-motivated PhD students in biomedical research and engineering to the world of clinical medicine, through a joint effort of the UC Davis Health System and the College of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Judith Kjelstrom

Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Program

The National Institutes of Health funds this training grant, which is designed to provide graduate students with broad training in all aspects of basic molecular and cellular biology research. The grant provides stipends to graduate students who conduct research in specially designated laboratories. The training grant also funds an annual retreat and seminar program that unify, and facilitate communication among, molecular and cellular biologists on the UC Davis campus.

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Principal Investigator:
James Trimmer

National Institutes of Health-Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (NIH-IMSD)

The University of California, Davis -- home to the largest number of biologists on a single campus in North America -- is proud to offer support to outstanding underrepresented students entering doctoral programs in the life sciences through the National Institutes of Health-Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (NIH-IMSD).

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Dr. Barbara Horwitz

Pharmacology Training Program: From Bench to Bedside (NIH T32)

This training program provides training in basic and translational pharmacological sciences. It broadens the research perspectives and skills of trainees interested in pharmacology-related research with a unique focus on the drug development process from target identification to clinic trials and ultimately application.

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Program Director:
Donald M. Bers

Johannes Hell

Program Administrator:
Maria Horan
Phone: 530-754-7390

REACH-IGERT Training Fellowships

Responding to Rapid Environmental Change: From Genes to Ecosystems, Science to Society.

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Dr. Carole Hom

Vision Science Training Grant

NIH support is available for the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a wide range of techniques and topics, including genetics of ocular disease, live cell imaging, physiology and behavior, computational modeling, functional neuroimaging, optics, biomedical engineering, and psychophysics. The primary goal of this training program is to provide Trainees a rigorous foundation in both the fundamental scientific basis and the clinical relevance of vision science, in order to broaden the perspective and skills of future vision scientists.

John Werner
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior