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    Apr 14, 2024  
2011-2012 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
    
2011-2012 Georgia Health Sciences University 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 developmental biology, cell biology and neuroscience. Students use state-of-the-art techniques to investigate biomedical problems related to the heart, kidney, nervous system, thymus, cardiovascular and neural crest cell development, genetic regulation of development, neurodegenerative diseases, the cytoskeleton and regeneration, special senses, growth factors and cellular signal transduction mechanisms, nuclear structure/function, multi-drug resistance, and gastroenterology and vascular biology.

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 2011/2012 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 GHSU student group policy. A limited number of GRA packages will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with exemplary qualifications. Continuation of an assistantship is contingent on the availability of funds and on satisfactory academic progress. Students are resonsible 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 may be between 3 and 7 years. The PhD curriculum is individualized for each student based on the Advisory Committee’s recommendations. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Cellular Biology and Anatomy program, listed below, as well as courses in other disciplines.

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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