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Program Overview

The Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB) Program has been successfully training leaders in biomedical research since 1975.  The goal of the program is to unite cellular and molecular biologists across the Stanford campus to build a community of researchers that promotes innovation and discovery. It is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and Stanford University and provides funding for students in their second and third year of PhD training.

Faculty in the CMB Program include HHMI Investigators, National Academy of Science Members, and Nobel Prize winners. They are both accomplished mentors and innovators in their research fields.

Students in the CMB Program engage in a rigorous training program including cutting-edge research, rigor and reproducibility, and responsible conduct in research. Students significantly contribute to the advancement of their research field and graduate to become accomplished scholars in academia, industry, government, and education.


The Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Program has several educational and research missions:

  1.  Train students in the fundamental mechanisms that govern biological processes, specifically cellular and molecular biology, while developing a broad understanding of diverse biomedical disciplines. 
  2. Instruct in the use of ethical, rigorous, and safe methods in which to conduct research. 
  3. Cultivate reasoning skills so that students can independently address critical questions in cellular and molecular biology, using cutting-edge innovative approaches.
  4. Foster a collaborative and inclusive research environment that values the participation of individuals representing diverse communities
  5.  Build students' abilities to communicate scientific knowledge to a variety of audiences, including research professionals and non-expert individuals.
  6. Advance the trajectory of our trainees after graduation through a variety of mechanisms that reveal the diversity of career paths available. 
  7. Promote biomedical research as a societal responsibility and foundational tool to advance our understanding of human health.