Genetics Training Program

The Michigan Predoctoral Training Program in Genetics (GTP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides enriched genetics education for students receiving their Ph.D. degrees in six departments:

Our goal is to train investigators who can combine disciplinary expertise with the new research opportunities of the genomic era.

The GTP includes approximately 70 faculty members and 32 trainees. Ongoing research projects range from microbial and viral gene regulation to yeast, plant, fly, mouse and human genetics, and functional genomics. Students are generally supported during their second and third years of graduate study. Our graduate students have gone on to productive research careers in academia, government, and industry.

Trainees benefit from a University environment that is strongly oriented towards graduate education, with a large and interactive research community that is among the top ten in NIH funding. University supported core laboratories facilitate trainee research by providing access to state of the art technology, including transgenic models, DNA sequencing, genotyping, and large scale gene expression. The curriculum includes formal coursework in genetics and interactive seminars. Each year, trainees select four outstanding geneticists from outside the university to lecture on an area of interest. Our annual retreat features an invited keynote speaker and oral and poster presentations by current and senior trainees.

The University of Michigan Genetics Training Program is one of the oldest NIH supported training programs and continues to be a vital component of graduate education and biomedical research at the University of Michigan.

Executive Committee

Program Director

Associate Director

Department Representatives

Student Representatives

Administrative Support


The Genetics Training Program strongly supports the University of Michigan Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as summarized in these principles:

Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.

Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We commit to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, (dis)ability status, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.