Cellular Biotechnology


Cellular Biotechnology
Contact department for additional information and requirements and deadlines.
Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 02001; Academic Program: Cellular Biotechnology; Certificate.


Graduate Research Faculty

Bioengineering : Burke, Burns, Carlson, S. Goldstein, Linderman, Midgley, Savageau, Wang

Biological Chemistry: Ballou, Dixon, Engelke, Fuller, I. Goldstein, Marletta, Matthew, Mooney, Ninfa, Omann, Peliska, Thiele

Biology: Adams, Bardwell, Clark, Olsen, Pichersky, Schiefelbein, Yocum

Cell & Developmental Biology: Carlson, Welsh

Chemical Engineering: Burns, Fogler, Linderman, Mooney, Wang

Chemistry: Glick, Meyerhoff, Morris, Pecoraro, Toogood

Civil and Environmental: Adriaens, Semrau

Human Genetics: Burke, Camper

Microbiology & Immunology: DiRita, Friedman, Fuller, Imperiale, Kirschner, Olson, Robertson, Savageau, Swanson, Telesnitsky

Pathology: Midgley

Physiology: Carter-Su

Degree Programs

Certificate Program

CBTP is dedicated toward uniting academic and industrial scientists interested in basic research to further enhance career opportunities for PhD graduates. Toward this end, outstanding scientists from industry serve important leadership roles in CBTP. Students entering a graduate program associated with CBTP who indicate an interest in cellular biotechnology have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship in an industrial setting prior to entering graduate school. Decisions for awarding these internships rest both with CBTP and departments.

The Program: The Cellular Biotechnology Training Program at the University of Michigan is designed to provide students in a wide range of graduate departments an enhanced educational experience directed towards biotechnology. The Program, which is departmental based, provides students a background in basic cellular design principles and insights into rational engineering directed toward development of integrated bio-technological processes for optimum production

  • monthly dinner meetings in which students from the associated departments discuss their research and discuss research with invited faculty,
  • a one semester course in cellular biotechnology
  • a seminar series directed towards biotechnology with outstanding scientists from academia and industry,
  • a yearly symposium in which students and faculty have an opportunity through posters to discuss their research, and
  • contacts with scientists in the biotechnology industry

Students in the Program are drawn from a number of departments, which include, Cell and Developmental Biology, Bioengineering, Biological Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Human Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, and Physiology. Appointment to CBTP is through individual departments. Students desiring to be in CBTP should apply directly to the departmental program that is most congruent with their career interests and indicate in the application their desire to be considered for appointment to CBTP. Appointment to CBTP is usually in the second year, but first year appointments are also considered.

Application: As outlined above, appointments to CBTP are made through an associated department. Therefore, students interested in cellular biotechnology should apply to the whose research is most relevant to their academic interests. The student should indicate on the application that they are interested in the Cellular Biotechnology Program when they are applying to their doctoral program of choice. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE A US CITIZEN OR PERMANENT RESIDENT TO BE SUPPORTED BY THIS TRAINING PROGRAM.

Support: Funding is available from CBTP for students in the Program for a period of three years. This funding is awarded on a competitive basis and is available through a number of sources including a training grant from the National Institutes of Health and University funds.

Tuition and Fees

Program Requirements: In addition to the departmental requirements for the Ph.D. degree, students in CBTP are required to successfully complete the course in cellular biotechnology, attend the monthly meetings, and participate in all other events sponsored by the program.


University of Michigan

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
5641 Medical Science Building II
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0620
Phone: (734) 763-3533
Fax: (734) 764-3562
E-mail: jfurtney@umich.edu
Program Website: http://www.med.umich.edu/microbio