Education at the CCG
It is well known that genomics requires a new type of professional or scientific researcher capable of integrating the necessary knowledge derived from biology, mathematics and computer sciences. The UNAM decided to train students in genomic sciences starting at undergraduate level and continue, for those that decide for a research career, with a Ph.D. program.
Accordingly, the UNAM launched the Undergraduate Program on Genomic Sciences (Licenciatura en Ciencias Genómicas, LCG-UNAM). This program is located at the CCG, which is in charge jointly with the Institute of Biotechnology (IBt-UNAM), and has the direct collaboration of other Research Institutes and Centers of the University (School of Medicine, Institute of Biomedical Research, Institute of Cellular Physiology, Institute of Mathematics and the Center of Physical Sciences).
Research and education at the Center are enriched by the participation of postdoctoral fellows thanks to the postdoctoral program and corresponding support offered by the UNAM
The Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences (Programa de Doctorado en Ciencias Biomédicas, PDCB-UNAM) is formed by seven Research Centers and Institutes of the UNAM: the Center for Genomic Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine, in addition to the Institutes of Ecology, Cellular Physiology, Biomedical Investigations, Chemistry, and Neurobiology. This doctoral program is characterized by a flexible, individualized study plan, supervision by a tutorial committee, as well as the development and realization of an original research project. Therefore, the ultimate goal of this doctoral program is to form researchers of the highest level, who are able to perform original research in the biomedical or biological disciplines.
The Undergraduate Program on Genomic Sciences comprises 9 semesters and is divided into two levels: basic and professional. The basic level (7 semesters) covers the basic elements of genomic sciences and includes 5 thematic fields: mathematics, computer sciences, structural genomics and evolution, functional genomics, and research seminars, each one being covered along the 7 semesters. The program of the first four thematic fields starts with basic concepts of each field and progresses into more integrative concepts joining the different fields. Research seminars allow the student to discuss recent progress in genomics with leaders of the field both from Mexico and from different laboratories around the world.