Program Structure

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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.

Degree Programs

Learn about our degrees in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Areas of Focus

Learn about the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences areas of focus that prepare graduate students for research careers in the 21st century.