Fellowships and Training Grants

NIH fellowship is administered by the Chemistry Department and the CBB fellowship is administered by the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing. These fellowships provide research training focusing on the applications of biological and physical sciences to biotechnology-related research. Faculties from the physical and biological sciences offer a curriculum bridging the interdisciplinary gap, essential for biotechnology training programs. For example, cooperative involvement of faculty members from several departments as research mentors provides a superior research training experience.

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Applications are due by: Tuesday, May 26, 2015.


The NIH/CBB fellowships will be awarded for a maximum of two years to any duly enrolled graduate student. Awards are made on an annual basis. Members of the CBB Coordinating Committee solicit new applications and renewal applications each spring for competitive evaluation. Emphasis will be given to 1st and 2nd year Graduate students.


The NIH/CBB fellowship program is truly interdisciplinary. All fellows earn a Ph.D. degree with a dissertation based on research conducted in the laboratory of participating faculty members. They complete all departmental requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Requirements and core area courses for the fellowship program are outlined below.

Fellowship Program Requirements*
No. Requirement
1. Admission to the Ph.D. program in participating departments.
2. Attendance and participation in the Biocatalysis Seminar Program.
3. Course, “Perspectives in Bioprocessing ” - an annual research presentation is the basis of this course.
4. Nomination by a faculty member
5. Internship in research laboratories of industries involved in biotechnology.
6. Attend and participate in mini-symposia, which are one- day industry/academic conferences held at The University of Iowa
7. Present one or more posters at the annual Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Conference.
8. Courses required by the student’s “home” department, and a minimum of 2-3 s.h. of coursework in each of the three core areas in biotechnology.
9. Complete the university-wide course, “Responsible Conduct of Research”, which is offered each fall semester

* Questions regarding coursework requirements should be directed to the CBB Office at 319 335-4903 or to Amnon Kohen, Training Program Director 319 335-0234 .

Core-Area Courses
No. Subject S.H.
4:180 Intro to Molecular Modeling 3
4:205 Bioinorganic Chemistry 3
4:228 Mechanisms of Organic Reactions 3
46:137 Enzymatic Basis of Drug Metabolism 3
46:209 Drug Discovery and Mechanisms 3
46:215 Current Medicinal Chemistry 3
52:223 Introduction to Biocatalysis 3
61:179 Bacterial Diversity 3
61:260 Graduate Microbial Physiology 3
99:241 Biophysical Chemistry 3
99:242 Biophysical Chemistry II 3

Core-Area Courses
No. Subject S.H.
Bioreactors and Bioseparations
4:209 Separations 3
52:108 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering 3
52:181 Bioseparations 3
52:223 Introduction to Biocatalysis 3
53:151 Biological Treatment Processes 3
53:274 Foundations in Bioremediation 3
46:219 Analytical Biochemistry 3

Core-Area Courses
No. Subject S.H.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
99:120 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 3
99:130 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II 3
99:140 Experimental Biochemistry 4
52:280 Engineering Aspects of Animal Cell Culture 3
61:270 Graduate Microbial Genetics 3
61:210 Advanced Prokaryotic Molecular Biology 3
156:201 Fundamentals of Gene Expression 1
156:203 Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes 1


CBB Fellowships are available to selected graduate students for a maximum of two years. Fellowships are awarded after review of the CBB Coordinating Committee.Coursework and internship requirements are the same as those for NIH trainees.


The NIH training program attracts high-quality students who, after review by the CBB Coordinating Committee, may receive the fellowship for a maximum of two years. Annually, students present their research as part of the “Perspectives in Biocatalysis” course. NIH trainees are also required to pursue a 1 – 3 month long internship in industry.

NIH/CBB 2014-2015 Graduate Fellowship Awards
Name Advisor Department
NIH Predoctorial Fellowship in Biotechnology
Bader, Erica Nuxoll Chem & Biochem Eng
Gurevic, Ilya Kohen Chemistry
Miller, Mark Elcock Biochemistry
Powers, Kyle Washington Biochemistry
Vance, Nick Spies Pharmacy
Winstead, Justine Kerns Pharmacy
CBB Fellowships
Stockdale, David Wiemer Chemistry
Karunaratne, Kalani Kohen Chemistry
Litman, Jacob Schnieders Biochemistry
Molinarolo, Steve Ahern Molecular Physiology and Biophysics



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