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The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease (CMBD) Training Program at Northwestern University is an interdisciplinary and cross-campus program that provides state-of-the-art training for pre-doctoral students. CMBD trainees are drawn from three graduate programs at Northwestern: the Interdisciplinary Biological Science Graduate Program (IBiS), the Driskill Graduate Training Program in the Life Sciences (DGP), and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

Funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences since 1983, CMBD has provided a generation of students with broad interdisciplinary training that prepares them for successful careers in all areas of the biomedical sciences. CMBD provides a supportive and communal training environment in which students learn from one another, develop important leadership and communication skills, and integrate a common set of course requirements.

The CMBD Program benefits students in a myriad number of ways. It provides access to collaborative interdisciplinary biomedical research. It exposes students to cutting-edge research from across the entire biomedical research spectrum. It provides specialized activities and opportunities for career development. It develops important skills beyond the laboratory that are required for a broad range of careers that span academia, industry, and government.


CMBD educates the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists who will extend the boundaries of scientific understanding and formulate new means to improve the health and welfare of the country.



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Connor Lantz

CMBD Trainee 2019

As a trainee of the CMBD program, I was able to step out of my comfort zone and learn about other topics across the biomedical research spectrum. While the science between trainees may be very different, the CMBD training helped me learn to be a better scientist and thinker.

Karlin Compton

CMBD Trainee 2020

Loved my time in CMBD! Not only did I get great practice at presenting my work to researchers from a variety of different fields, it also gave me the chance to connect and network with awesome students from all over the different campuses.
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