Can AI be used to improve medical diagnoses? Is there a way to model how the human brain works? How can we predict how measures designed to fight climate change will impact ecosystems?
The CELLS program connects students to careers in computational biology where they can harness the power of computer science and analytics to answer these big questions in the life sciences. This early engagement career program is an excellent fit for students who are seeking careers at the intersection of biology and data, including biotech, bioinformatics, neuroscience, pharmacology, and more!
Join us for a two-year highly selective adventure, entirely unique to the University of Chicago, where you’ll gain the professional skills and experience you need to thrive in the field. Throughout your journey, you’ll receive support from experts at Career Advancement, the Biological Sciences Division, the Physical Sciences Division, and the Data Science Institute.
All rising first-year students are eligible to apply for CELLS. Students from backgrounds that have historically been underrepresented in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply. Prior experience is not required!
MEET THE COHORTS
Class of 2026 coming soon
COMPREHENSIVE CAREER PREPARATION
Over the course of two years, CELLS participants complete immersive and exploratory career preparation programming that includes professional development workshops, competitions, career treks, funded internships and research experiences, and invaluable networking opportunities with industry leaders and faculty.
In addition to expert support from program staff, all CELLS participants will meet with upper-division student mentors, where they can informally discuss career planning, networking internships, and more.
WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT
- Comprehensive exploration of Computational Biology career pathways
- Employer-led workshops on Data Science and Coding topics
- Networking opportunities and expert speaker events
- Biology and Innovation Career Treks
- Computational Biology Case Competition
- Professional development training including public speaking, research talks, and presenting work at conferences
- Funded career exploration opportunities
- Real-world industry-relevant immersion project and presentation
Applications for CELLS are now closed for the Class of 2026. Thank you to all who applied!
For more information about CELLS, please review the FAQ or contact David Lerner at email@example.com.
With the support of top tech and business firms, national laboratories, and intrepid entrepreneurs, CELLS facilitates pivotal career and industry exploration opportunities for our students.
Thank you to our current Employer Partners for providing incredible mentorship and career exploration opportunities in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, computational biology, research and development, technological innovation, software development, biotechnology, and data science!
- Horizon Therapeutics
- Argonne National Laboratory
- 3T Biosciences
- Arbor Biotechnologies
- General Metabolics
Career Advancement invites employers to connect with CELLS through a gamut of enriching ways, including internships and research opportunities, career treks, job shadowing, participation as an industry speaker or mentor, and other signature events. To become an Employer Partner with CELLS, please contact David Lerner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THANK YOU TO OUR COMMITTEE!
Assistant Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy Committee on Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology
Professor Departments of Statistics, Human Genetics, Medicine
Faculty Co-Director, Data Science Institute
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Director of Research Programs and Strategy at the Data Science Institute
Associate Vice President, Enrollment & Student Advancement
Executive Director, Career Advancement
Deputy Director, STEM Programs
Program Director, Careers in Biological Sciences