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 - Fall 2019

MCB 517A: Tools for Computational Biology (3.0 Credits)

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Weeks 1 - 10, September 26th - December 3rd, 2019

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

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

Instructors: Trevor Bedford, Jesse Bloom, Phil Bradley, Arvind Rasi Subramaniam (Fred Hutch/Computational Biology Program)

Introduction to established best practices in computational biology. Learn to organize unstructured data into standard formats, transform data for statistical analysis, and visualize the transformed data. Learn workflows for reproducible research such as version control, project organization, and code documentation. Gain basic experience with Linux command line tools and the Python and R programming languages. Classes will involve hands-on learning resources.

Grading: Class participation (25%), Homework assignments (75%)

Basic experience with programming in any language will be helpful but is not required.

Enrollment will be limited to 20 students. No auditors accepted.

Course Website: https://fredhutchio.github.io/tfcb/

For more information contact Laura Masserman

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

MCB 522: Developmental Basis of Human Disease (3.0 Credits)

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Weeks 2 - 10, October 1st - December 3rd, 2019

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

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

Instructor: Cecilia Moens, PhD (Fred Hutch/UW Biology Affiliate)

This ten-week course will explore the intimate relationship between human genetic disease and developmental biology. Each week we will:

  • choose a different human disorder whose genetic basis has been recently discovered, and discuss how the same genes regulate key processes in animal development.
  • give an opportunity for students to present recent papers from the literature relating to these developmental processes.
  • formulate hypotheses about how mutations in these developmental control genes may cause the human disease in which they have been implicated.

As human geneticists use new sequencing technologies to discover the mutations underlying human genetic diseases – from autism to dysmorphologies to cancer predisposition – they are frequently identifying genes that are already familiar to developmental biologists. Decades of genetic screening in model organisms for ostensibly unrelated developmental phenotypes – the orientation of hairs on a fly wing, for example, or the formation of the worm vulva – has identified genes and pathways controlling virtually every aspect of animal development. The developmental biology literature is a rich resource for clinicians who seek to understand the underpinnings of their patient’s disorders, to identify candidate interacting genes and in some cases, to discover therapies. Conversely, the burgeoning number of genes that are being identified based on human disease phenotypes is informing developmental biologists of unanticipated genetic connections and suggesting hypotheses about the genetic control of development that can be tested in model organisms.

Course Website: Libguides MCB 522

For more information contact Laura Masserman

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

MCB 532: Human Pathogenic Viruses (3.0 Credits)

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Weeks 2 - 10, October 1st - December 3rd, 2019

Location: Fred Hutch Campus, Weintraub Bldg., Rm. B1-072/074

Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Emerman, PhD (Fred Hutch/UW Microbiology Affiliate)

Students will learn basic and advanced concepts in virology by focusing on major groups of human pathogenic viruses. The major emphasis will be on virus replication, evolution, and pathogenesis. Each class will consist of a faculty lecture and a class discussion of recent literature related to a previous lecture. Students will be expected to read 2 papers per week.

Viruses examined include HIV, Influenza, Ebola, SARS, measles, polio, herpesviruses, papillomaviruses, Smallpox, and others.

It is assumed that students will have a basic background in molecular and cellular biology, but prior courses in virology are not required.

Grading: class participation (40%), problem sets (30%), and a final project (30%).

Enrollment: Limited to 30 students. No auditors.

Course Website: Libguides MCB 532

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
    > Course website

2.0

Winter 2020
Every Year

MCB 516

Molecular and Cellular Biology Literature Review
    > Course website

2.0

Spring 2020
Every Year

MCB 517A

Tools for Computational Biology
    > Course website

1.5

Autumn 2019
Every Year

MCB 522

Developmental Basis of Human Disease
    > Course website

3.0

Autumn 2019
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
    > Course website

3.0

Autumn 2019
Odd Years
 

MCB 539

Biological Basis Of Neoplasia
    > Course website

3.0

Winter 2020
Even Years

CONJ 533

The Dynamic Chromosome
    > Course website

1.5

Autumn 2020
Even Years
Weeks 1-5

CONJ 537

Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulations
    > Course website

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

Biobehavioral Cancer Control and prevention Training Grant (T32)

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The program is for health professionals, researchers, health promotion specialists, and policy analysts who wish to apply social and behavioral sciences theory and methods toward the prevention and control of cancer. Doctoral and post-doctoral candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a post-baccalaureate degree and have substantial health-related experience for consideration into the program.

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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.

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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.

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Developing Data-Driven Cancers Researcher (T32)

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To prepare junior scientists to address the cancer research needs of a data-rich 21st century, we have established a training program to optimize the use of new data resources and other complex data in addition to the standard “tools of the trade.” Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees in the program will learn to approach cancer research from the perspective of the strengths, weaknesses, value, and analytic features of different types of data including multi-omics, clinical, administrative, medical-record-based, survey, and mobile-health data.

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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).

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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.

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Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Training Grant (T32)

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The program is designed to link students from a variety of graduate programs who are currently training in virology laboratories in Seattle. The program brings together laboratories at Fred Hutch and the University of Washington with the goal of drawing on the rich history of viral research at these institutions to form a unique training opportunity for Seattle-area graduate students.

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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, September 10, 2019