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program overview

The Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Training Program at Vanderbilt University is an NIH-sponsored training program (Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant #5T32GM065086) that supports graduate students studying at the interface of chemistry and biology (i.e. chemical biology). Thirty-five faculty members from six departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Medicine serve as mentors to students participating in the CBI training program. Significant biological training is provided to students receiving in-depth training in synthetic/mechanistic chemistry and significant training in synthetic/mechanistic chemistry is provided to students receiving in-depth training in the biological sciences.

Highlights of the training program include a chemical biology curriculum, elective courses for specialized training, an interactive seminar series in chemical biology, an annual research retreat and an in-depth laboratory research experience including lab rotations. Students are well-grounded in a core discipline and sufficiently well-trained in complementary fields to allow them to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment. Trainees obtain Ph.D. degrees working with research advisors in the Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Pharmacology.


CBI trainees are de facto members of the Vanderbilt Chemical Biology Association of Students (CBAS), a student-run organization that strives to promote professional and social relationships between students and post-doctoral fellows in the chemical biology discipline.

Commitment to diversity

Vanderbilt is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Vanderbilt provides reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Disability Services department is responsible for coordinating disability support services and monitoring the accessibility of programs, activities and buildings for the Vanderbilt University and Medical Center communities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The DSP staff assists departments with providing reasonable accommodations for students, faculty and staff with disabilities; ensures that Vanderbilt programs and events are accessible to the Vanderbilt community and visitors; monitors the accessibility of the university and medical center buildings; investigates disability discrimination complaints; and provides training on disability related issues. Students needing disability related assistance can contact the EAD at:

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Nashville, TN 37240-1809

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