An exciting interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Computational Molecular Biology (CMB) was inaugurated in September 2000. The program is the cooperative effort of ten outstanding research departments at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
The University of Washington is ranked fifth in Genetics/Genomics/Bioinformatics and fifth in Biomedical/Bioengineering by U.S. News & World Reports, due in large part to the exceptional research of the Computational Molecular Biology faculty. Though they are spread across many departments, they collaborate closely and cooperate in the training of CMB students. One of the highlights of the program is the annual CMB Symposium, which provides a forum to gather the entire CMB community, to showcase work by CMB students and faculty, and to discuss open problems and trends.
Students from diverse undergraduate majors, including biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics, and related disciplines, are encouraged to apply. Interested students must apply to the Ph.D. program of any participating department and are invited to apply simultaneously to CMB. Each participating department has established a "CMB track" for students in the program, with adjustments to the usual departmental requirements in order to allow the student time to participate in CMB activities.
Since Autumn 2008 CMB has been proud to offer a Graduate Degree Certificate Program in Computational Molecular Biology. This allows CMB students to receive formal recognition for their interdisciplinary work.