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Training the Next Generation of Interdisciplinary Bioengineers

Physical Genomics Training Program

2024 Applications Now Open!

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.


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 affiliated program faculty regardless of the source of their support.

Symposium on Physical Genomics

World-renowned scientists share their latest transdisciplinary research.
The next Symposium on Physical Genomics will be held in spring 2024.

Monthly Journal Club

Journal Club provides the opportunity for students to gain experience in critically examining the current literature and broaden the scope of their scientific knowledge.

Conferences and Student Symposia

Trainees present their research at national conferences and symposia to obtain broader exposure to current research and leaders in the field, develop professional contacts, and 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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