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Training Program

The GEEAP training group will provide interdisciplinary research training with special emphasis genetic/genomic approaches for gene target identification, developing technologies for genetic engineering, application of genetic engineering to improvements of animal production, and transgenic animal regulatory landscape and societal acceptance. GEEAP-trained Fellows will receive doctoral degrees through ABGG or IGG and will earn their degree with any of the animal biology/genetics GEEAP faculty as a major professor.

Upon completion of their degrees, GEEAP Fellows will have comprehensive research skills that can be applied in their future careers. All Fellows will participate in a common set of courses and training activities. These activities will add cohesiveness to the program and expose all participants to the diverse perspectives offered by each discipline. Specific training activities required of all Fellows are described in detail below and include: 1) core coursework, 2) teaching, 3) bioethics training, and 4) additional innovative features.

  1. Core coursework
    • ABG 200A: Integrative Animal Biology
    • ABG 200B: Integrative Animal Biology
    • ABG211: Advances in Animal Biotechnology
    • BCB214: Molecular Biology
    • ABG 202: Grant Procurement and Administration
    • ABG 290: Seminar in Animal Biology
  2. Teaching
    • ABG 300 Methods in Teaching Animal Biology
    • At least one quarter working as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course
  3. Bioethics training
    • Training in responsible conduct of research is a commitment of UC Davis graduate programs. GEEAP Fellows will be required to take ABG 401: Ethics and Professionalism in Animal Biology
  4. Additional innovative features
    • Preparing Future Faculty Program
    • Regular research work-in-progress and journal article discussions
    • Annual attendance at major national or international scientific meetings
    • Professional Skills Development
    • Grantsmanship Workshops
    • Symposia Organization
    • Additional Mentoring Opportunities
    • Development of Critical Thinking and Communication Skills