Berkeley Chemical Biology Graduate Program

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Program directors: Carolyn Bertozzi and Chris Chang

This program is ten years old and is funded by an NIH Chemical Biology Training Grant. On average, 12 students are invited to join each year. Profiles of current students are available here.


Provides an additional year of institutional support on an NIH training grant.

Allows participating students to participate in 3-4x 9-week laboratory rotations, regardless of their home program’s policies. Final advisor selection is delayed until April.

Provide additional training to complement the home program’s standard degree program.

Provides additional social and networking opportunities.

Does not delay time-to-degree; over ten years of data, participants have graduated earlier than their peers.


Students admitted to these departments may apply for the CBGP:

  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Department of Bioengineering


A separate application is not necessary - your home department will forward your UC Berkeley graduate application for review. Selection is based on qualifications and interest expressed in the interface between chemistry biology. While the final selection is typically announced in August, students may request a rapid review of their application by the program directors; in this case, a decision will be rendered before April 15th.


3 credits of Chemical Biology coursework (Chemistry 271 A/B/C) 1 credit of Bioethics Completion of 3 laboratory rotations (participating faculty list is available here, though students may rotate in labs that are not on this list)