Program Information

Two graduate students in a lab

The Chemical Biology Program (CBP) is supported by a NIH T32 Training Grant (T32CM113770, July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2020), with matching funds from UC Davis, providing fellowships for 3-4 highly qualified predoctoral candidates annually. Our goal is to engage students in effective cross training at the interface of chemistry and biology. Through the CBP, trainees will develop an understanding for the value of the synthesis and analysis tools traditionally associated with chemistry in addressing biological questions relating to human health.

A trainee from this program will be equipped to move comfortably into a scientific career that requires them to communicate with both chemists and biologists (e.g. leading teams of investigators comprising both chemists and biologists or executing research projects with significant chemical and biological components). This will be acheived by a combination of coursework, laboratory rotations, individual development plans (IDP), research-in-progress presentations, career development activities and annual retreats.

Training Activities

Pre-funding phase: Year 1
  • Graduate group-specific "first year" curriciulum (courses, rotations, teaching, seminars, safety training, etc.)
  • Student joins research group associated with the CBP
  • Student applies to the CBP
Funded Phase: Years 2-3
  • Coursework to satisfy CBP requirements (e.g. CHE 238, courses needed for cross training)
  • CBP cross training rotation
  • Thesis research
  • Safety training
  • Research in progress meetings
  • Career development activities
  • Annual retreats
  • Attend a minimum of eight sessions of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program
  • Annual review of IDP
  • Research seminars
Post-funding phase: Years 4+
  • Thesis research
  • Safety training
  • Research in progress meetings
  • Career development activities
  • Annual retreats
  • Annual review of IDP
  • Research seminars

Financial Support

The NIH T32 Training Grant and University Matching Funds provides funding for up to two years of your graduate education (years two and three), including a stipend and all tuition and fees. This funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress in your graduate Ph.D. training. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA in all required coursework, making satisfactory progress in all research-related activites and participating in Program activities.

Participating Graduate Groups

If you are a prospective UC Davis graduate student, before applying for the CBP fellowship, you must first apply and be accepted to one of our five participating graduate groups. Specific application requirements and deadlines vary and may be found on their respective websites and from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Participating Faculty

The faculty listings below are sorted by graduate group affiliations. Graduate groups embody the collaborative spirit of discovery at UC Davis by bringing together scholars from different areas of study who share common research interests, which means many of our faculty belong to more than one graduate program. For contact information and links to their research pages, please refer to our faculty directory.

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Shota Atsumi
  • Peter Beal
  • Sheila David
  • Oliver Fiehn
  • Andrew Fisher
  • Annaliese Franz
  • Christopher Fraser
  • Bruce Hammock
  • J. Clark Lagarias
  • Julie Leary
  • David Segal
  • Jared Shaw
  • David Wilson
Biomedical Engineering
  • Kit Lam
  • Angelique Louie
  • Julie Sutcliffe
Biophysics
  • James Ames
  • R. David Britt
  • Andrew Fisher
  • David Goodin
  • Delmar Larsen
  • Julie Leary
  • Justin Siegel
  • Alexei Stuchebrukhov
  • Michael Toney
  • David Wilson
Chemistry
  • James Ames
  • Shota Atsumi
  • Peter Beal
  • R. David Britt
  • Xi Chen
  • Sheila David
  • Oliver Fiehn
  • Andrew Fisher
  • Annaliese Franz
  • Jacqueline Gervay-Hague
  • David Goodin
  • J. Clark Lagarias
  • Kit Lam
  • Delmar Larsen
  • Carlito Lebrilla
  • Angelique Louie
  • David Olson
  • Jared Shaw
  • Justin Siegel
  • Alexei Stuchebrukhov
  • Dean Tantillo
  • Michael Toney
  • Heike Wulff
Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Sheila David
  • Oliver Fiehn
  • Bruce Hammock
  • Kit Lam
  • David Segal
  • Heike Wulff