Our graduate program offers excellent research training opportunities in the dynamic field of cell biology. Faculty members are eager to engage energetic pre- and post-doctoral fellows in research that covers a broad spectrum of cell biological research from development through normal processes, disease/degeneration and death. The developmental biologists within our department investigate polarity and patterning in organisms, while other faculty members study mechanisms of protection, repair and regeneration related to diseases of the kidney, musculoskeletal, breast, and visual systems. A broad array of genetic, molecular, cell biological, and biochemical tools are used in in vivo and in vitro studies using multiple model systems including rodents, zebrafish, and Drosophila. The department has strong collaborative ties with many of the research institutes and centers on campus, and offers a rich environment for scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. There are numerous substantive interactions with clinicians offering myriad opportunities for translational research.
Progression and Graduation Requirements
- Students are admitted via a common admissions process to the Biomedical Sciences PhD program, not to a specific biomedical major. After completing the first-year common core course work and laboratory rotations, students choose a dissertation research mentor and enter one of nine Doctor of Philosophy majors.
- 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 a minimum of 3 and maximum of 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.
- In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including annual advisory committee meetings, individual development plans (IDP’s) 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). Publication of at least one first-authored original research article in an approved peer-reviewed journal is required for students entering the CBA Graduate Program in 2016 and beyond. A CBA Program Handbook is available online and updated at least once yearly in August to reflect any changes that have occurred during the academic year. See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details.
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