The Chemistry of Life Processes Institute is a destination for ambitious students who wish to participate in game-changing research and acquire the necessary skills for a dynamic career in biomedical research, science, medicine, and/or entrepreneurship. In the past decade, more than 60 undergraduates have participated in CLP undergraduate research programs and more than 400 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have participated in, or have been affiliated with CLP-sponsored education and training programs.
Many CLP trainees have go on to earn their PhDs and/or careers in academia, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and intellectual property law. Others win prestigious academic fellowships, such as the HHMI Gilliam Fellowship and Chicago Biomedical Consortium Scholarship. Our trainees also have contributed to scores of publications, some as first authors.
Whatever your dream, tackling the biggest challenges in 21st Century human health requires an extraordinary range of expertise and ability to work at the intersection of many disciplines—from chemistry, medicine and physics to engineering, math, and computational science. It also requires an understanding of the approaches and tools needed to discover, visualize and analyze the molecular underpinnings of disease.
CLP provides both the tools and training necessary to develop the next generation of drugs, diagnostics and biomedical breakthroughs. Our rich training environment enables students from five different graduate programs to learn from as many as 49 faculty preceptors representing 11 departments. Three custom-designed coursees meet the needs of students for experiential training at the interface of the life and physical sciences. We also offer a myriad of networking opportunities to meet entrepreneurs and c-level executives from the nation’s leading biomedical and pharmaceutical companies.
“I feel like the CLP training program has supported me in a countless number of ways, whether it was through professional development like sending me to different conferences so that I could present my research, or allowing me the opportunity to host a panel that was specific to how we encourage women to stay in academia.”
Jennifer Ferrer, trainee