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    May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog 
2023-2024 Augusta University Catalog

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Vascular Biology

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Program Overview

The vascular biology program is based in an interdisciplinary research center, the Vascular Biology Center, that includes core and associate faculty members from many clinical and basic science departments on campus. Research projects encompass studies ranging from the molecular and genetic level, to the regulation of cellular processes, to multi-cellular and organ system regulation, as well as to human studies. Research interests include topics related the permeability function of the retinal microvasculature, responses of endothelial and smooth muscle cells to injury, growth and proliferation of vascular cells, endothelial dysfunction in hypertension and cardiomyopathy, roles of vasoactive mediators in mammalian cell function, and signal transduction in vascular endothelial cells.

Program Contact
Eric J. Belin de Chantemele, D.Sc
706 721 7805
Progression & 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.
  • In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development of an approved research proposal, writing and obtaining approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details.
  • 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 five years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program is between three and seven years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary,and may include courses within the vascular biology program as well as courses in other disciplines.
Program Length:  Maximum of 7 Years
CIP Code: 26.0499
Program Code: DPHIL_VBIO
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Vascular Biology Major Courses:

Electives: 3 Hours Minimum

Total Hours for the Degree: 114 - 252 Hours

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