Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology



Biology Interface






Program Overview


V-CBI Training Program

The Vanderbilt Chemistry-Biology Interface (V-CBI) Training Program at Vanderbilt University is an NIH-sponsored training program (Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant #5T32GM065086) that supports graduate students studying at the interface of chemistry and biology (i.e. chemical biology). Thirty-five faculty members from six departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Medicine serve as mentors to students participating in the V-CBI training program. Significant biological training is provided to students receiving in-depth training in synthetic/mechanistic chemistry and significant training in synthetic/mechanistic chemistry is provided to students receiving in-depth training in the biological sciences.


Highlights of the training program include a chemical biology curriculum, elective courses for specialized training, an interactive seminar series in chemical biology, an annual research retreat and an in-depth laboratory research experience including lab rotations. Students are well-grounded in a core discipline and sufficiently well-trained in complementary fields to allow them to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment. Trainees obtain Ph.D. degrees working with research advisors in the Departments of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Pharmacology.


V-CBI trainees are de facto members of the Vanderbilt Chemical Biology Association of Students (CBAS), a student-run organization that strives to promote professional and social relationships between students and post-doctoral fellows in the chemical biology discipline.

Commitment to Diversity

Vanderbilt is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Vanderbilt provides reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Disability Services department is responsible for coordinating disability support services and monitoring the accessibility of programs, activities and buildings for the Vanderbilt University and Medical Center communities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The DSP staff assists departments with providing reasonable accommodations for students, faculty and staff with disabilities; ensures that Vanderbilt programs and events are accessible to the Vanderbilt community and visitors; monitors the accessibility of the university and medical center buildings; investigates disability discrimination complaints; and provides training on disability related issues.


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Contact Us

CBI Program Director:  Gary A. Sulikowski, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University
VU Station B 351822
2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN  37235-1822
Telephone: 615-343-4155


Senior Lecturer:  Michelle Sulikowski, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University
VU Station B 351822
2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN  37235-1822
Telephone: 615-343-4106








Admission into the training program is available to graduate students with research interests in Chemical Biology and admission into the Department of Chemistry, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) or Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program (CPB).


The Leadership Team will solicit nominations from CBI-elegible faculty in mid- to late-Spring.  Shortly thereafter, the Admissions Committee will review applications and make a final decision.





The core requirements for the CBI Training Program are Foundations of Chemical Biology (CPBP 320), one year of Graduate Seminar in Chemical Biology (CPBP 310) and one cross discipline course.   Students are also required to complete three 8-10 week lab rotations their first year.   The trainee's home department determines the remaining course requirements.


Recommended Cross Discipline Courses:

BCHM 300 Introduction to Structural Biology

BCHM 301 Molecular Structure and Function

BCHM 303 Biomolecular X-ray Crystallography

BCHM 343 Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy

BCHM 353 Analytical Proteomics


BSCI 201 Introduction to Cell Biology

BSCI 220 Biochemistry I

BSCI 274 Protein Design


CHEM 202 Introduction to Bio-inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 220c Organic Chemistry Structure and Mechanisms

CHEM 224 Bio-organic Chemistry

CHEM 226 Medicinal Chemistry

CHEM 233 Molecular Modeling Methods

CHEM 234 Spectroscopy

CHEM 336 Biochemical Toxicology and Carcinogenesis


IGP 300A Bioregulation


MP&B 325 Physical Measurements on Biological Systems

MP&B 330 Human Physiology & Molecular Medicine


PHAR 320 Pharmacological Targets and Mechanisms

PHAR 324 Receptor Theory and Signal Transduction

PHAR 327 Modern Drug Discovery

PHAR 345 Cell & Molecular Neuroscience











































































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