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The mission of the Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences (CBM) Predoctoral Training Program at Cornell University is to provide diverse trainees with foundational training in cellular, biochemical, and molecular sciences, with a strong focus on multidisciplinary research that seeks to uncover the mechanistic principles of fundamental processes that govern all forms of life, and to understand how these mechanistic principles impact health and disease. We aim to develop a diverse pool of scientists who have the necessary skills to conduct independent rigorous research and be successful in a wide array of careers in the biomedical research enterprise. The CBM program is also committed to take a leading and influential role in modernizing graduate education in the life sciences on the Cornell campus in Ithaca and beyond. 


In alignment with the NIGMS guidelines, our training objectives will focus on recruiting and training diverse students to become independent scientists using multidisciplinary approaches to conduct rigorous research. We aim to equip them with the skills necessary to become future leaders of the biomedical workforce. Our specific training objectives are:

  1. Build on the foundational knowledge that trainees have in cellular, biochemical, and molecular sciences through course works, and importantly, develop the skills to independently acquire and broaden their knowledge in specific areas of interest.
  2. Trainees will develop critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify key biomedical questions and evaluate the appropriate approaches necessary to address the questions and advance the field.
  3. Trainees will develop a strong foundation to carry out rigorous and reproducible research, including appropriate experimental design, accurate experimental methods, quantitative approaches to data, appropriate data analyses and interpretations.
  4. Trainees will gain an understanding of the critical importance of responsible and ethical conducts in research.
  5. Trainees will develop skills to collaborate and work effectively with colleagues from diverse background and to promote an inclusive and welcoming research environment.
  6. Trainees will develop the skills to communicate their research to a wide variety of audience.
  7. Trainees will begin to develop the organization and leadership skills that are necessary for a wide variety of career options.
  8. Trainees will have meaningful exposure and understanding of how to transition into productive careers in the biomedical research workforce of their choosing.    

We are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive training and research environment for all students. We work closely with the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement to provide an inclusive and holistic approach to graduate scholar success.  


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