Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Fred Hutch offers a wide range of training opportunities for post-baccalaureate and graduate students, including a University of Washington (UW)/Fred Hutch jointly administered PhD program in Molecular and Cellular Biology Program (MCB). Many Fred Hutch faculty members also serve as training faculty for UW Departmental programs in Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D), Genome Sciences, Microbiology, Global Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, to name a few. Students also can participate in dual degree graduate programs, including the UW Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) leading to an MD/PhD degree, as well as a unique program leading to a PhD in MCB and an MS in Epidemiology. There are currently over one hundred PhD students training in laboratories and research programs at Fred Hutch with access to 10 training grants led by Fred Hutch faculty to help support graduate student training.

The UW/Fred Hutch Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) provides research laboratory training for under-represented, underprivileged and disabled students who recently graduated with a B.S./B.A. This is a program geared towards students who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in the biomedical sciences and would benefit from a one-year lab experience prior to applying. These students also participate in supplemental training in scientific writing, literature evaluation, and interaction with the academic scientific community.

UWPrep participant

UW Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (UWPREP)

The goal of the Fred Hutch/University of Washington Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is to bring underrepresented and disadvantaged post-baccalaureate students to gain experience and have access to training that will facilitate their admission to graduate research in the biomedical sciences.

MCB participant

This is an interdisciplinary program of graduate studies leading to a Ph.D. degree. Approximately 190 faculty from Fred Hutch and the University of Washington participate in the program. Many areas of structural, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology are represented. MCB students tailor their education to meet their scientific and career goals.

MSTP participant with Dr. Harmit Malik

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

This is one of the top dual-degree M.D./Ph.D. programs in the country. Founded in 1964, the UW MSTP offers outstanding training for highly academically qualified students who are seeking to combine clinical medicine with biomedical research.

Other Graduate Departments and Programs

Michael Cargill woring in the lab

Many faculty members at Fred Hutch have affiliate appointments in departments at the University of Washington. In most cases, students accepted into a UW graduate program in a department where Hutch faculty are affiliated, can choose to follow graduate research in the laboratory of the affiliate at the Hutch.

Graduate Courses - Winter 2020

CONJ 544: Protein Structure, Modification and Regulation (1.5 Credits)

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Weeks 1 - 5, January 7th - February 6th, 2020

Location: Fred Hutch Campus, Weintraub Bldg., Rm. B1-072

Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:20 to 4:40 p.m.

Instructor: Roland Strong, PhD (Fred Hutch/ UW Immunology Affiliate)

We will provide an overview of the general principles of protein structure, with a focus on modern methods used to determine and analyze protein structures. 

The goal of the course is to provide the non-specializing scientise the knowledge to critically read and understand protein structure papers from the primary literature, and to incorporate a structural molecular biology perspective into their own research.

Background and Prerequisites: The course will assume a knowledge base equivalent to an advanced undergraduate biochemistry course, at the level of Stryer Biochemistry of Alberts Molecular Biology of the Cell.

Course Website

For more information contact Laura Masserman

Please check the UW Time Schedule regularly for course availability and updates.

MCB 539: Biological Basis of Neoplasia (3.0 Credits)

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Weeks 1 - 10, October 7th - March 12th, 2020

Location: Fred Hutch Campus, Weintraub Bldg., Rm. B1-074/076

Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:20 - 4:40 p.m.

Instructors: Robert Eisenman, PhD (Fred Hutch/UW Biochemistry Affiliate), David MacPherson, PhD (Fred Hutch/ UW Pathology Affiliate)

Molecular and Biological Basis of Cancer

Understanding and controlling cancer is one of the major challenges of 21st century biology. Contemporary research on cancer encompasses multiple disciplines including molecular and cellular biology, virology, structural biology, evolutionary genetics, genomics and epidemiology. This course consists of a series of lectures and discussion meetings to introduce students to the major themes in research on etiology of neoplastic change. The lectures will cover principal molecular mechanisms responsible for tumor initiation, progression, and metastasis with a specific emphasis on oncogenic drivers and tumor suppressors and a loss of normal tissue homeostasis. Background concepts and state of the art research with emphasis on current major questions in cancer biology will be presented by faculty who are experts in their fields. The discussion meetings will concentrate on selected major papers in cancer biology and be presented and discusses by the students with the help and guidance of the instructors. 

Grading: Students overall participation, activity during discussions, quality and depth of the research paper presentation, and the written research proposal on one of the topics in cancer biology will be used for course credit and grading.

Prerequisites: Introductory biochemistry and cell biology

Enrollment: Limited to 20 students

genetics, genomics, epidemiology, and chemistry

Course Website: Libguides MCB 539

For more information contact Laura Masserman

Please check the UW Time Schedule regularly for course availability and updates.

All graduate courses taught at Fred Hutch

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For more information on a specific course, please click on the link under the title.

Course

Course Title

Credits

Quarter

MCB 512

How To Give A Scientific Seminar
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1.5

Winter 2021
Odd Years
Weeks 1-5

MCB 515

Molecular and Cellular Biology Literature Review
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2.0

Winter 2020
Every Year

MCB 516

Molecular and Cellular Biology Literature Review
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2.0

Spring 2020
Every Year

MCB 517A

Tools for Computational Biology
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1.5

Autumn 2020
Every Year

MCB 522

Developmental Basis of Human Disease
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3.0

Autumn 2021
Odd Years

MCB 529

Mechanisms of Cell Migration
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1.5

Autumn 2020
Even Years
Weeks 6-10

MCB 532

Human Pathogenic Viruses
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3.0

Autumn 2021
Odd Years
 

MCB 539

Biological Basis Of Neoplasia
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3.0

Winter 2020
Even Years

CONJ 533

The Dynamic Chromosome
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1.5

Autumn 2020
Even Years
Weeks 1-5

CONJ 537

Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulations
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1.5

Autumn 2020
Even Years
Weeks 6-10

CONJ 544

Protein Structure, Modification and Regulation
    > Course website

1.5

Winter 2020
All Years
Weeks 1-5

The transferability of credits earned at Fred Hutch is at the discretion of the receiving college, university, or other educational institution. Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at Fred Hutch will be accepted by the receiving institution. Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at Fred Hutch to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Accreditation does not guarantee credentials or credits earned at Fred Hutch will be accepted by or transferred to another institution. To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned.

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Training & Funding Opportunities

Chromosome Metabolism and Cancer Training Program (T32)

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This program supports research training and research projects in the area of chromosome activities and their links to cancer. Trainees design and execute a research project, participate in training program research, take courses in bioinformatics and neoplasia, and present at the annual training program colloquium. Through this program, trainees develop and strengthen scientific core competencies.

Administrator: Anissa Barker
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Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer Research (T32)

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The aim of this program is to train young scientists to design and conduct research on significant problems in cancer by combining information and approaches from different scientific disciplines, including basic cellular and molecular biology, epidemiology, clinical trials and studies, and behavioral-social sciences.

Administrator: Anissa Barker
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Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Training Grant (T32)

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The aim of this program is to support predoctoral trainees in the area of virology research. The program is funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Administrator: Shama Samant
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Infectious Disease in the Immunocompromised Host (T32)

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This program supports the next generation of physicians and scientists, currently MD or PhD, with expertise in infectious diseases in the immunocompromised host.  Trainees are provided with a scientifically rigorous and culturally inclusive training environment to foster creative, innovative and collaborative research on infectious diseases in non-HIV immunocompromised patients (e.g. transplant, cancer, immunomodulatory therapy).

Administrator: Limei Fan
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Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program (T32)

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The goal of this National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Institutional Training Program is to provide trainees with research opportunities of a cross-disciplinary nature at the molecular and cellular level in the PhD-degree-granting programs of five participating departments (Biochemistry, Genome Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Pharmacology) and two interdisciplinary programs (Molecular & Cellular Biology, Neuroscience).

Administrator: Maia Low
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Biobehavioral Cancer Control and prevention Training Grant (T32)

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This training program provides formal coursework as well as research and intervention experience in cancer prevention and control. This program is funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Administrator: Denise Albano
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Cancer Prevention Training: Epidemiology, Nutrition, Genetics & Survivorship (T32)

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This award supports research training and projects in nutrition, genetics, metabolic pathways, and other lifestyle factors in relation to cancer prevention with an emphasis on survivorship.  Trainees are provided with formal coursework in epidemiology, nutrition and genetics/human biology and with innovative and transdisciplinary research experiences. The program also ensures trainees gain the skills to prepare for an independant research career; including practice with grant writing, scientific manuscript preparation, oral presentations and long-term career development planning.

Administrator: Barb McLaughlin
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Developing Data-Driven Cancers Researcher (T32)

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This NIH Training Grant provides support for students in the Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Washington. This grant is funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Administrator: Denise Albano
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Interdisciplinary Training in Genomic Science (T32)

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The NIH/NHGRI Genome Training Grant prepares trainees for research careers in acquiring and interpreting genomic data and using this information in biomedical research. We recognize that this type of research will demand interdisciplinary approaches and multidisciplinary collaborations. One goal of this program is to attract individuals from the physical sciences and engineering to the forefront of modern biological research. The program also trains cellular and molecular biologists in other disciplines so that they can effectively collaborate at this interdisciplinary interface.

Administrator: Brian Giebel
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Genetic Approaches to Aging Research (T32)

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The goal of our program is to train new independent investigators who will utilize molecular and genetic techniques to investigate the biology of aging. The objective of this research is to elucidate the basic mechanisms underlying the process of aging and age-related changes in humans and in animal models of human aging. This includes investigations of the mechanisms responsible for the gradual or programmed alterations of structure and function that characterize normal aging, as well as how these adverse changes become risk factors for, or accompany, age-related conditions and disease states.

Administrator: Stephanie Hughes
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Experimental Pathology of Cardiovascular Disease (T32)

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The Cardiovascular Pathology Training Program is devoted to the study of the molecular and cellular basis of cardiovascular disease. The extensive collaborative research of CVP faculty produces a synergistic effect in training as well as an important bridge between basic and clinical science with major foci of interest in growth control, developmental biology, adherence signaling and direct studies of vascular pathology in atherosclerosis and hypertension.

Administrator: Julia Lawrence
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Training in Molecular Biophysics (T32)

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The major goal of this program is to train students in molecular biophysics, the use of physical and quantitative approaches in the study of biomedically relevant systems. Students in the Training Program receive training beyond the standard graduate program through a bi-weekly student research presentation series, a student journal club/discussion group, an annual retreat that includes the trainees and their advisors, and through lectures supported by this program.

Administrator: Christina Larmore
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Big Data for Genomics and Neuroscience (T32)

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New technologies such as DNA sequencing, fMRI imaging and high-throughput electrophysiological recording have led to the generation of very large data sets. However, in order to use these big data sets to improve scientific understanding and human health, there is a need for a new generation of scientists with interdisciplinary training that spans three areas: computer science, statistics, and biology. The BDGN Training Grant is an NIH funded program that provides training for students engaged in big data research in genomics and neuroscience at the University of Washington. The program draws students from Biology, Biostatistics, Genome Sciences, Neuroscience and Statistics. 

Administrator: Brian Giebel
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STD/AIDS Research Training Fellowship Program (T32)

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This NIH-supported training program's goal is to train the next generation of leaders in STD and AIDS research. Predoctoral trainees must be enrolled in doctoral programs at the University of Washington and must be working with a Program faculty member.

Administrator: Sheila Lukehart
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Joel Meyers Endowment Scholarship

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This Scholarship provides critical bridging support for young physician-scientists (e.g. MD Senior Fellows) to launch careers as leaders in infectious disease research and patient care, with a focus on infections in immunocompromised patients.

Administrator: Limei Fan
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Harold M. Weintraub

Weintraub Award

The Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences.

Awardees will participate in a scientific symposium honoring Hal Weintraub and his commitment to innovative science. 

Graduate student awardees should be advanced students near the completion of their studies. A selection committee consisting of Fred Hutch faculty and students will select up to twelve graduate student awardees from among those nominated on the basis of quality, originality, and significance of their work, as well as to represent a diverse range of research topics.

Dr. Paul Neiman
When Dr. Paul Neiman Neiman retired from research, his friend Dr. Ron Reeder created a composite photo of the researcher and physician in the laboratory to capture the spirit of his many contributions. Photo by Dr. Ron Reeder

Neiman Award

The Dr. Paul Neiman Outstanding Graduate Student Award seeks to recognize highly motivated students who demonstrate clear potential for success during graduate studies in the biological sciences.

The award supports scholarship for a Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) graduate student training in the lab of a junior faculty member at Fred Hutch. Students who are within one year of passing their general exam are eligible to apply for this award, which provides $5,000 directly to the student and pays all tuition-related costs for one year.

Nominations are currently closed.  

Read more about Dr. Neiman.

Commitment to Excellence

Coalition for Next Generation Life Science

We joined with nine major research universities as founding members of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, which provides data on outcomes of scientific training to help those who are considering a career in the biomedical sciences. Data collected at each institution includes the median time it takes to complete a Ph.D., the median time spent in postdoctoral training, the demographics of students and postdoctoral fellows, and career outcomes.

Research Ethics

All Hutch-based trainees (postdoctoral researchers, clinical fellows, and graduate students) must complete research ethics training requirements during their tenure at the center. 

Last Modified, December 18, 2019