Genetics Training Program: Courses and Curriculum

Common Curriculum and Requirements:

  1. Human Genetics 541 Molecular Genetics, 3 credits, Fall term.
  2. Human Genetics 630 Genetics Short Course, 1 credit, Winter term. Students enroll for two semesters.
  3. Human Genetics 631 Genetics Program Student Seminar, 1 credit, Winter term. Students enroll for two semesters and present a seminar each semester.
  4. Human Genetics 632 Experimental Genetics Systems (Faculty Seminar), 1 credit, Fall term. Students enroll for two semesters.
  5. All GTP students must take the ethics classes required by their home departments (e.g., PIBS 503 or EEB/MCDB 499). 
  6. Students must complete 2 credit hours of bioinformatics/computational biology coursework. We welcome suggestions regarding courses to meet this requirement. We typically recommend two modules of Bioinf 525. (Note: each one-credit module of Bioinf 525 is counted as one course; two one-credit modules are counted as two courses, etc.) Bioinf 524 is a new offering in Winter 2017 and consists of all three Bioinf 525 modules. Students who wish to take all three modules should register for Bioinf 524. Please contact Dr. Moran or Dr. Antonellis if you wish to take a bioinformatics course that is not in the below Electives list.
  7. Monthly student research presentations by senior GTP students and mandatory ethics discussions twice a year.
  8. Poster presentation at the annual retreat in September.
  9. GTP students are required to have a thesis committee meeting at least once every year. In addition to your mentor, this committee should include at least one additional GTP faculty member
  10. Importantly, any publications arising from your thesis research should acknowledge GTP support by including the following statement: "[Student's initials] was supported by the following NIH training grant: "Michigan Predoctoral Training in Genetics (T32GM007544)."

Note: Students currently funded by the GTP must check with Karen Grahl (kgrahl@umich.edu) before registering for courses. 

Electives: 6 credits selected from the following course options:

  • Biolchem 515 Introductory Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • Biolchem 550 Protein Structure and Function (3 credits) (PIBS course)
  • Biolchem 591 Special Topics in Signal Transduction (2 credits)
  • Biolchem 640 Regulatory RNA and Control of Gene Expression (2 credits)
  • Biolchem 650 Eukaryotic Gene Transcription (2 credits)
  • Bioinf 524 (New in Winter '17) Foundations in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (3 modules, 3 credits) (see #6 above)
  • Bioinf 525 Foundations in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (individual modules, 1 credit each) (see #6 above)
  • Bioinf 528 Advanced Applications of Bioinformatics (3 credits)
  • Bioinf 545 High-throughput Molecular Genomic and Epigenomic Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • Bioinf 575 Pogramming Laboratory in Bioinformatics (3 credits)
  • Biology 422 Cell and Molecular Neurobiology (3 credits)
  • Biostat 830 Advanced Topics in Bio-statistics (3 credits)
  • CDB 530 Cell Biology (3 credits)
  • CDB 581 Developmental Genetics (3 credits)
  • CDB 582 Organogenesis: Stem Cells to Regenerative Biology (2 credits)
  • EEB 512 Molecular and Genomic Evolution (3 credits)
  • EEB 516 Principles of Evolution (4 credits)
  • Humgen 542 Molecular Basis of Human Genetic Disease (3 credits)
  • Humgen 544 Basic Concepts in Population and Statistical Genetics (3 credits)
  • Humgen 551 Computational Genomics (3 credits)
  • Humgen 580 Neurobiology of Developmental Disorders (3 credits)
  • Humgen 803 Advanced Topics in Genetics (2 credits)
  • MCDB 405 Molecular Basis of Development (3 credits)
  • MCDB 430 Molecular Biology of Plants (3 credits)
  • Micrbiol 504 Cellular Biotechnology (3 credits)
  • Micrbiol 607 Microbial Pathogenesis (2 credits)
  • Micrbiol 612 Microbial Informatics (3 credits)
  • Micrbiol 615 Molecular and Cellular Determinants of Viral Pathogenesis (2 credits)
  • Micrbiol 619 Special Topics in Microbiology & Immunology (1 credit)
  • Micrbiol 640 Molecular & Cellular Immunology (3 credits)
  • Micrbiol 813 Science in the Clinics (1 credit)
  • Phrmacol 502 Introduction to Scientific Communication (2 credits)
  • Phrmacol 601 Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • Phrmacol 612 Seminars in Antimicrobial and Cancer Pharmacology (2 credits)
  • Phrmacol 616 Seminars in Cardiovascular Pharmacology (2 credits)
  • Phrmacol 617 Endocrine Pharmacology (2 credits)
  • Physiol 555 Method and Logic in Biomedical Science (3 credits)

Note: Please contact Dr. Moran or Dr. Antonellis if you wish to take an elective course that is not in this list.