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Training the Next Generation of Interdisciplinary Bioengineers

Physical Genomics Training Program

Application Deadline: July 31, 2022

As part of CPGE’s commitment to training the next generation of bioengineering leaders, the Center’s Physical Genomics Predoctoral Training Program provides tuition and financial support for projects that bridge molecular biology, bioengineering, computation, physics, optics, chemistry, and medicine, promoting joint research between the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and other Northwestern University Schools.

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Integrating theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience

CPGE uses an evidence-based approach to train the next generation of bioengineering leaders and to contribute to diversity in engineering. Students and postdocs are engaged in research that bridges molecular biology, bioengineering, physics, computation, optics, chemistry, and medicine. All students participate in experiential learning and seminars focused on this new field of bioengineering. Trainees are mentored by faculty with an outstanding record of productivity and mentorship. Program mentors provide ongoing review, evaluation, and mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the goal of creating a resilient cadre of scientific professionals.


The Center for Physical Genomics and Engineering deploys a range of strategies to help graduate students and postdocs integrate practical, hands-on experience with the knowledge base required to advance research in chromatin engineering. These activities are required of students supported by the Center, but they are open to all graduate students of program faculty regardless of the source of their support.

Symposium on Physical Genomics

The center hosts up to six speakers annually.

The next Symposium on Physical Genomics will be held April 22, 2022.

Monthly Journal Club

Led by senior fellows, Journal Club provides the opportunity for students to gain experience in critically examining the literature and broadening the scope of their knowledge.

Conferences and Student Symposia

Trainees will present their research at national conferences to obtain broader exposure to current research in their fields, to develop professional contacts, and to exchange ideas.

Individual Development Plans

Helping students forge collaborations with mentors

Both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are required to develop, implement, and annually review IDPs with their mentors.

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