2013 CBIP Fellows: Jiun-Le Shih, Haoqing Chen, Yue Li, Zhiling Zhu, Lu Yang
2014 CBIP Fellows: Te-Wei Tsai, Thien Trong, Amin Shakiba, Chalada Suebsuwong, Yongkai Huang, Yuyu Long
The College of Pharmacy has joined the CBIP program! They will contribute a list of courses. For Chemistry students, they can select at least two courses from this list and/or the list of biochemistry and biology courses to fulfill the requirement.
We will redesign the current CBIP website to facilitate its update. Check back in a few weeks for updated contents including list of CBIP seminars!
|Program Overview of CBIP
The nature of research in the natural and
physical science disciplines has become highly interdisciplinary and collaborative.
Consequently, there is an urgent need to provide interdisciplinary education and
training so that students will be prepared for modern careers in academics, research,
and/or industry. The Chemical Biology Interdisciplinary Program (CBIP) was established
to fulfill this mission by providing a pathway to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in existing
academic Departments with training that crosses traditional disciplines of Chemistry,
Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, and Computer Science. Faculty members of CBIP will
design curricula that reflect the advances of modern science and technology and benefit
student education and training by allowing student participation in classes and research
in more than one department.
CBIP provides mentoring, a curriculum that is interdisciplinary in
nature and flexible in design, and a state-of-the-art training environment.
The students admitted to the program are encouraged to pursue studies in the
interdisciplinary fields represented in Chemical Biology via personally
customized curricula derived from their chosen major field of study. The
CBIP students and faculty will benefit from seminar series, meetings and
conferences, social and academic functions and interactions, and an annual retreat.
The goal of the program is to facilitate the production of high-quality and
highly-competitive M.S. and Ph.D. scientists with knowledge, training, and
experience in interdisciplinary research.
1. Sample Research Areas of Focused Study Enabled by this
Biomaterials, Bio-organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Computational Chemistry/Biochemistry,
Genomics, Membrane Biophysics, Molecular Biophysics, Nano-Biotechnology, Proteomics, Structural
Biology, Structure-Aided Drug Design, Synthetic Chemistry, Biological and Chemical Sensing.
2. Student Body
Students applying to the program must have undergraduate or graduate degrees in Biochemistry,
Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics or a related area and be interested
in graduate training in a combination of these areas. The Admissions/Advisory Committee will ensure
that the student body will be diverse in both educational and research interests.
3. Benefits of the Program
Students will benefit from a highly flexible, custom-designed interdisciplinary
curriculum that offers the following opportunities:
• Choice of Major Advisor and Thesis Committee from professors in Chemistry,
Biochemistry, and Biology who are engaged in interdisciplinary research (see
the list of faculty members of CBIP).
• Custom-designed curriculum (in consultation with the Admissions/Advisory
Committee and Major Advisor) centered on a small core of courses in the major
area of study, complemented by a selection of courses from the full array of
those offered by the participating Departments.
• Courses offered at area institutions (e.g., Rice University, Baylor College
of Medicine, and University of Texas Health Science Center) may be taken for
credit at UH with prior approval from the Admissions/Advisory Committee.
• A seminar series dedicated to interdisciplinary topics.
• Close relationship of the CBIP Program with local technology and biotechnology
• An annual retreat and colloquium where Program participants will present their
• Students admitted to the Program can apply for a CBIP Fellowship and receive
support for one semester, usually the second Spring semester, allowing them to
focus on research.
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