Program Details

The 11 PhD Programs 

The Biomedical Sciences Training Program is an interdisciplinary PhD umbrella program designed for student success. Every student is given the chance to explore our eleven different biomedical science PhD programs and choose the department that best suits their interests.

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Biochemistry

From Harland Wood’s discovery of carbon dioxide fixation to the recent development of the Mighty Mouse by Richard Hanson’s group, the Department of Biochemistry has a storied tradition in biomedical research. As a student, you will work alongside faculty who use a wide range of techniques and systems to address fundamental biological and disease-related questions.

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Cell Biology

As a candidate in the PhD in Cell Biology program, you will receive training opportunities through formal coursework, original research in your selected mentor's laboratory, and informal interactions provided by seminars, journal clubs, workshops and laboratory meetings. 

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Genetics and Genome Sciences

The goal of the genetics graduate program is to train the next generation of geneticists to have extensive expertise in many areas of modern genetics, genomics and biomedical research. You can take this training to pursue careers in basic and applied research in academia and industry, teaching, health care, publishing, foundations and government, and other areas of leadership in the public and private sectors.

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Molecular Biology and Microbiology

The requirements for a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology include coursework, participation in formal and informal seminars, a research qualifying examination, and the PhD thesis. You will be required to complete a minimum of sixteen additional credit hours of advanced coursework.

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Molecular Virology

The requirements for a PhD in Molecular Virology include coursework, participation in formal and informal seminars, a research qualifying examination, and the PhD thesis. In addition to the core curriculum, you will be required to complete a minimum of sixteen additional credit hours of advanced coursework, including Introduction to Virology and Virus-Host Interactions.
 

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Neurosciences

The Department of Neurosciences offers graduate and postdoctoral training in a wide range of disciplines in modern neuroscience. The program has a strong emphasis on cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate the function and development of the nervous system. Training in neurobiology is provided through a combination of research, course work, and seminars.
 

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Nutrition

Alterations in metabolism are at the root of numerous disorders, and nutritional status is a critical determinant of human health. The PhD program in Nutrition aims to train students in the various approaches that are required for the study of metabolism and nutrient homeostasis. 

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Pathology

The Department of Pathology provides extensive opportunities for graduate training in experimental pathology, immunology and cancer biology leading to the PhD degree. 

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Pharmacology

The Department of Pharmacology enjoys a tradition of excellence in basic science research. Our legacy includes the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1971 to Earl W. Sutherland Jr. for his discovery of the now famous "intracellular messenger" cAMP. 
 

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Physiology and Biophysics

The ultimate goal of the physiology and biophysics program is to train future scientists in understanding the mechanisms that control normal function of biological processes, translating that knowledge into new approaches and cures for disease.
 

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Systems Biology and Bioinformatics

The systems biology and bioinformatics program will train scientists who are able to generate and analyze experimental data for biomedical research and to develop physical or computational models of the molecular components that drive the behavior of a biological system.
 

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