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Training Programs

CHDM is pleased to work with graduate, undergraduate and high school students interested in gaining first-hand experience in research and genetics.  Our faculty collaborate with several departments and schools and we pride ourselves in training the next generation of scientists at all levels.  Periodically we have special student programs, work study or research assistant positions available so check back often.  If you are interested in training with us, please send an e-mail to our HR department at with the following information: your research interest, desired research faculty mentor describing how their research aligns with your research and/or career goals, statement of intent (1 page document describing your career goals and how CHDM can help you achieve those goals) and your curriculum vitae.

Duke Graduate Programs:

  • Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG): The UPGG, founded in 1967, has served as an important forum for genetic training and education in model systems (bacteria, yeast, fungi, drosophila, zebrafish, and mouse), population genetics, and human genetics. The UPGG is an umbrella graduate training program that spans several basic science and clinical departments and bridges the Medical Center and the College of Arts and Sciences. Supported by a continuous NIH training grant for more than 30 years, the UPGG currently consists of ~100 faculty and adjunct faculty and >75 students.
  • Duke Program in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB): The CMB Training Program (Program) has been an important component to graduate education at Duke University since 1975. It grew from a Biochemistry Training Program into a highly interdisciplinary program and included all the departments of the basic biological sciences at Duke. To be all-inclusive and to provide the highest level of training over the broad range of cell and molecular topics, currently there are ~140 faculty participants in the Training Program. At present there are about 100 predoctoral students in the Program, and well over 250 predoctoral students have been supported by the Program since its inception.
  • Duke Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB): The PhD Program in CBB is an integrative, multi-disciplinary training program that encompasses the study of biology using computational and quantitative methods. Students learn to apply statistics, mathematics, computer science and informatics to biological problems. The vibrant and innovative Duke research in these fields provides exciting interactions between biological and computational scientists. Because the Program in CBB is based in the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, it offers a unique opportunity for students to become one of tomorrow's leaders in the genome sciences. 

International Graduate Exchange Programs:

  • University Paris-Diderot: For the past several years, our faculty members have hosted M1 students for five-month internships during the summer to fulfill part of their Master’s training requirement. This experience involves full-time research, extensive experience with oral and written communication skills, and is an enriching experience for both visitors and our staff.

International Short Course Lectures:

High School Internship Programs: 

  • North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). Our faculty are long-standing mentors to NCSSM students and we pride ourselves in contributing to the nation's first public residential high school focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. NCSSM challenges and inspires talented students from across North Carolina through a residential campus, online program, summer STEM enrichment programs, and distance offerings for schools and educators.