Training Programs at Participating
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
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.