Program Strengths


  • CMB is ranked fourth among larger Cell and Developmental Biology PhD programs in the U.S. according to

  • CMB provides the opportunity to work with more than 180 CMB faculty trainers in over 40 different departments, on a campus known for interdepartmental cooperation and collaboration

  • Faculty trainers and students are arranged in twelve research Focus Groups based on common scientific interests and strengths of the program

  • The structure of the research Focus Groups allows students to explore the breadth of research across campus while accessing the expertise of each individual trainer

  • The CMB Program requirements emphasize research and coursework tailored to each student’s professional objectives

  • Program benefits include: a competitive stipend, tuition coverage, comprehensive health benefits, and an excellent cost of living

  • Students are actively involved in the Program’s standing committees and all major activities including admissions, recruiting, orientation, and the fall retreat

  • When not in the lab or in class, students enjoy all that the campus community can provide--the urban setting of downtown Madison with myriad cultural events, as well as the outdoor recreation that the city’s lakes and parks have to offer