Interdisciplinary Program Curriculum
During the first two semesters, PhD trainees participate in a core curriculum that integrates molecular, cellular, genetic, and biochemical material. Courses include lectures, problem solving, and discussion sessions that focus on current research problems. Through faculty member interaction and laboratory rotations, students select a dissertation advisor from the large and diverse graduate faculty and, at the end of 18 months, matriculate into one department for advanced training. Advancement to PhD candidacy occurs after successful completion of a qualifying examination and acceptance of a research plan.
Degrees are granted in the areas of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology and Toxicology. The faculty advisors for each program are listed on this page.
The ares of focus are listed, as follows: bacterial pathogenesis, cancer biology, cardiovascular biology, cell biology, cellular and molecular neuroscience, developmental biology, enzymology and metabolism, free radical biology, immunology, molecular genetics, molecular pharmacology, signaling and gene expression, structural biology, virology. Faculty links for each area of focus are provided.