Training Grants

Among the many possible sources of graduate support are institutional training grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  There are training grants in a variety of scientific areas

Training grants are typically cross-departmental, with faculty from many different departments participating and enriching the training environment. Four of the training grants that can support graduate education are directed by MIP faculty.

Cellular and Molecular Basis of Systems and Integrative Biology

The goal of this NIH-supported Training Program is to provide graduate students with broad training in the application of cellular and molecular techniques to the study of problems in systems and integrative biology. This program is centered in the department of Physiology, but includes faculty from other departments and can support students in a variety of Ph.D. granting programs.

The Highlights of this Training Program Include:

  • Thesis research that uses cellular/molecular approaches to tackle integrated questions.
  • Potential research mentors with expertise in a variety of problems and approaches that come from many departments in addition to Physiology.
  • Increasing the breadth of training by including intellectual and technical training from two research laboratories that use different scientific approaches.
  • Coursework in bioinformatics/computational biology in addition to systems and cellular physiology
  • A journal club that focuses on the application of bioinformatics and mathematical modeling to biological problems. 

For more information, contact the Director or Associate Director of the Training Grant:
Director: Malcolm Low
-Associate Director: Santiago Schnell 

Career Training in Reproductive Biology

The goal of this NIH-supported Training Program is to provide graduate students with broad training in the discipline of reproductive biology, with research areas ranging from cell biology and genetics, to physiology, to mathematical modeling to public health. This program is for students who have completed prelims and has a strong emphasis on career development including non-academic paths

Unique features of this training program Include:

  • Rigorous hypothesis-based research that is integrated with completion of a Rackham Certificate Program training in teaching, public policy, entrepreneurship, translational research or another topic that melds with the dissertation work, building both academic and non-academic career skills and awareness.
  • Coursework in grantsmanship and reproductive biology.
  • Mentored research-in-progress seminar series

For more information, contact the Director or Associate Director of the Training Grant:
-Director: Sue Moenter
-Associate Director: Sundeep Kalantry

Training in Basic and Translational Digestive Sciences

The University of Michigan has a superb history of training and research in gastrointestinal sciences over the last several decades. This program consolidates the major investigators who are conducting gastrointestinal research at the University of Michigan Medical School into a strong core of mentors for predoctoral and postdoctoral training.  Our faculty mentors are all members of the Michigan Digestive Diseases Core Center funded by NIH since 1986, and bring a long history of collaboration and team science.  This training grant supports 3 predoctoral and 3 postdoctoral trainees annually.

The training program focuses on three thematic areas that provide exceptional cross-disciplinary collaboration amongst the participating faculty:  1) neurobiology of peptide control, visceral pain and neurosignaling regulating GI motility; 2) molecular and cellular mechanisms of inflammation, tissue injury and repair in all digestive organs; 3) cell growth, differentiation and programmed cell death. The program includes unique coursework, seminars, strong mentoring and other enriching features. 

For more information, contact the Training Grant Coordinator: Don May 

Career Training in the Biology of Aging

For the past 30 years, the Career Training in the Biology of Aging program has provided exceptional graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with a comprehensive, in-depth research training in aging biology, which emphasizes logical and conceptual thinking, together with career-oriented mentoring designed to promote success in a diverse professional landscape. The University of Michigan, and the Geriatrics Center in particular, is recognized internationally for clinical, educational, and research excellence in aging biology. The program benefits from a Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Aging, a Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, the Ann Arbor VA GRECC (Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center), and the Glenn Center Laboratories for the Biology of Aging. Our 20 preceptors represent a diverse, highly-interactive, well-funded, and creative group that span 17 different department and four schools at UM. Our program has long emphasized hypothesis-based laboratory training through creative and impactful research, and we have proactively enriched these experiences with initiatives that ensure preparation for diverse career opportunities and that enhance synergy between the pre- and post-doctoral trainees. Trainees enjoy interactive Biogerontology Research Seminars, Biology of Aging Journal Clubs, and our annual Research Symposium, as well as new career-oriented initiatives, such as town-hall style trainee meetings with PhD scholars who have succeeded in career paths distinct from traditional academics, including industry as well as entrepreneurship.

A comprehensive training program in the biology of aging will prepare trainees for careers at the forefront of academics, industry, and biotechnology, thereby promoting the discovery of a deeper biological understanding of the aging process and nurturing a passion to apply their experience to alleviate the cost and suffering associated with age-related disease.

For more information, contact the Director of the Training Grant:
Director: Scott Pletcher