May 27, 2022  
2012-2013 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog 
    
2012-2013 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Cellular Biology and Anatomy


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Description

The Cellular Biology and Anatomy program provides diverse training in the cell biology of development, health, and disease. Students use state-of-the-art techniques to investigate the fundamental aspects of a cell including cell cycle, signaling, injury and death, and regeneration under disease conditions of the brain, bone, eye, kidney, and other organ systems.

Admissions Information

First-year Ph.D. students are admitted via a common admissions process to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. program, not a specific major. After completing first-year core course work and laboratory rotations, the student chooses a dissertation research mentor and enters one of nine Ph.D. majors based on that faculty member’s program affiliation. In each program, students complete a Ph.D. dissertation based on original research. Each student’s program of study is unique and the time to completion varies. On average, completion of the Ph.D. program requires approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study.

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Biomedical Sciences Admission 

Financial Support

Students accepted as full time students into the program may be eligible for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which provides a competitive stipend ($23,000 for the 2012/2013 academic year) as well as a reduced tuition fee of only $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants also receive, at no cost to them, single-person health insurance under the GRU student group policy. Continuation of an assistantship is contingent on the availability of funds and on satisfactory academic progress. Students are responsible for paying standard required student fees each semester.

Second Year and Beyond: Cellular Biology and Anatomy Advanced Curriculum


The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Cellular Biology and Anatomy program as well as courses in other disciplines.

Cellular Biology and Anatomy Required Courses


Elective Course Options (Minimum of three credit hours)


  • Advanced course in another discipline or biomedical science major (selections require approval from mentor and program director)  

Additional Requirements:


In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development and approval of a research proposal, writing and approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details. 

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