Training Programs at Participating Institutions

Numerous training programs at participating universities complement opportunities at the Conte Center.

At the University of Virginia, center participants participate in NIH-sponsored training grants in molecular and cellular biology, reproductive biology, endocrinology, and developmental biology.

At Northwestern University, Dr. Joseph Takahashi and Dr. Martha Vitaterna are preceptors on an NIH Sleep Research Training Grant that supports both predoctoral and postdoctoral students/fellows engaged in sleep research. This Training Grant also involves faculty at the University of Chicago, conducts regular monthly meetings for the discussion of sleep research, and supports seminars from scientists performing sleep research. Other training grants at Northwestern in which Takahashi is a preceptor include:

  • NIH T32 EY07128, Multidisciplinary Visual Science Training Program, Director: V.P. Sarthy
  • NIH/NIGMS T32 GM08061, Cell and Molecular Basis of Disease Training Program, Director/PI: K. Mayo
  • NIH T32 AG20418, Neuroscience in the Early Years: Predoctoral Training, PI: E. Mugnaini

HHMI Undergraduate programs

Dr. Takahashi has acted as a mentor through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for an undergraduate program called the EXceptional Research OPportunities (EXROP) Program. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are placed into the labs of HHMI Investigators and Professors. HHMI provides a stipend of $3,500 to each student, incorporate the student into a summer research program with his/her peers, and arrange summer housing and travel for each student.

CFG Undergraduate Research Program

The Center for Functional Genomics at Northwestern University also provides research opportunities for undergraduates. Students are provided with exposure to research by working closely with a senior member of a Center laboratory (typically a post-doctoral fellow) and paid a stipend.

Minority Researcher Training Grant

A consortium consisting of the University of Virginia, Northwestern University, and Morehouse School of Medicine has just received an NIH training grant to support the PhD training of minority students in “temporal biology.” While the subject of this grant is considerably broader than the focus of the Conte Center, and the training faculty is drawn from several disciplines, the study and manipulation of biological clocks is an important central theme of this program.