Featured CBI Molecules

UMass Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) program is supported by the National Research Service Award T32 GM008515 from the National Institutes of Health. It was first funded by NIH in 1995, and since then it went through successful renewals. Now our Program is in its 22nd Year!! The new 5-year period of our program began July 1, 2016, and will last for five years. And the proposal was approved for 8 trainee slots for 2017! Thanks to NIH and UMass for their continued support, and to everyone who worked so hard on the proposal, and to all who contribute to our program to make it so great!



Science at the chemistry-biology interface brings the synthetic, mechanistic and analytical powers of chemistry to bear on new and exciting areas of biology. At the University of Massachusetts, graduate students in the chemical and biological sciences have the opportunity to participate in the NIH-funded Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Training Program. CBI Trainees take part in courses, seminars, discussions and research at the forefront of this emerging, interdisciplinary field. The CBI Training Faculty enjoy particular strengths in:

• Structural biology
• Molecular recognition
• Signal transduction
• Metalloproteins
• Protein-nucleic acid interactions
• Membrane proteins
• Protein folding
• Synthesis of novel biopolymers
• Metabolic engineering
• Biomimetic materials and tissue engineering
• Systems and computational biology

Graduate study in the CBI Training Program provides an excellent foundation for a variety of research careers in the post-genomic era.


The goal of the CBI curriculum is to provide students with backgrounds in either chemistry or biology with the training they need to carry out research in areas that entail significant, inseparable contributions from both the chemical and biological sciences. Students interested in the CBI Training Program should apply to one of the following graduate programs at the University of Massachusetts:

Chemical Engineering
Molecular & Cellular Biology
Polymer Science & Engineering
Veterinary & Animal Sciences

Those who choose to become affiliated with the CBI Program fulfill the academic requirements of their home program, receive cross-training in the complementary discipline, and take part in CBI-sponsored courses, including a new seminar in Drug Design that features weekly speakers from the pharmaceutical industry. The CBI community is an ideal size for providing students with enhanced interdisciplinary interactions and individual attention amidst a wide range of research opportunities.


The CBI Training Program is open to all interested students. Those conducting research in CBI laboratories are eligible for traineeships funded by a Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health. University-funded traineeships are also available. The trainees comprise the nucleus of a much broader CBI community consisting of students, postdoctorals and faculty in the cooperating laboratories. The NIH grant also enables us to bring outstanding speakers to campus and to sponsor several other special activities throughout the academic year.

Students who would like more information about joining the CBI Training Program and the participating degree programs may contact us.



Dr. Lynmarie K. Thompson
CBI Program Director
Professor, Department of Chemistry

864 Lederle Graduate Research Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst


CBI Program Coordinator

378 Lederle Graduate Research Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst