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Physical Genomics Training Program (NIH T32)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded CPGE a prestigious T32 grant to establish the Physical Genomics Training Program (PGTP), which provides stipend, tuition and other support for PhD students who are accepted into the program. The PGTP is the first physical genomics-based graduate training program in the United States.

The mission of the PGTP is to build a diverse workforce with a wide breadth of scientific knowledge and engineering skills that is capable of working effectively and inclusively with multiple teams of researchers to address the complex, transdisciplinary questions of the emerging new discipline of physical genomics and its application, chromatin engineering. The PGTP will focus on developing the ability to converge knowledge, techniques, and expertise from multiple fields and across multiple stakeholders, including those in the academic, industry, and public sectors.

Program Objectives

  1. Ensure that all PGTP students learn and apply a common physical genomics-focused research language,
    practice team learning, and help support an inclusive educational and research environment.
    Measurable outcome: a minimum of one first-authored peer reviewed physical genomics publication, participation in scientific meetings, the PGTP annual Symposium on Physical Genomics, and the PGTP knowledge transfer programs, and successful completion of PhD.
  2. Facilitate and promote participation among groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in STEM
    by nurturing a sense of belonging, supporting the development of a STEM identity, and encouraging selfcompetency in convergent physical genomics and chromatin engineering research.
    Measurable outcome: Participation in knowledge transfer program and recruitment activities designed to enhance diversity in STEM.
  3. Foster transferable, strategic skills and scientific competencies that can be applied across a broad range of science-intensive and science-related careers.
    Measurable outcome: Employment in biomedical, engineering, and or computational biology in academic, industrial, and non-traditional settings.
  4. Participate in a new physical genomics and chromatin engineering curriculum deployed across multiple PhD programs.
    Measurable outcome: Enrollment, grades, and evaluations in/of required PGTP courses.

The PGTP Application Portal Will Re-Open in Spring 2024



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