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Ph.D. Programs

Students apply to one of the specific graduate programs listed below. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of modern biomedical research, many of our training faculty are affiliated with multiple programs and specializations. The distinguishing feature of each program is a distinct curriculum that is tailored to the overall programmatic aims. Substantial flexibility in the training experience is provided by allowing students to pursue their research rotations and doctoral research with any of our more than 250 training faculty regardless of the specific program affiliations of the faculty member or student.

Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies
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The Integrated Program is an umbrella program that includes over 100 faculty from the Basic Science departments at the Medical Center and the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. The program presents students with a unique opportunity to obtain individualized training in basic cell and molecular biology, microbiology, structural biology, biophysics, genetics, immunology, neurobiology, computational biology, as well as translational biomedical disease-related research. Students in the Integrated Program take courses in cell and molecular biology and molecular genetics, but have the freedom to structure their own curriculum.

Program in Biomedical Informatics
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The Biomedical Informatics Program emphasizes research and training in the science of information and empirical discovery, the engineering of computational techniques, and the application of these techniques to medicine, biology, and public health. The discipline is motivated by the desire to make biomedical discoveries, to enable safe and high-quality health care, and to improve the health of the population.

Program in Neurobiology and Behavior
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The Neurobiology and Behavior Program is founded on the principle that the study of the biological roots of behavior is essential for an understanding of animal and human behavior, as well as for insights into the causes and cures of nervous system disorders. The program offers a diverse set of research and academic experiences that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience.

Programs in Basic Cell and Molecular Biology
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Applicants to these programs are reviewed by a joint admissions committee and take a common core curriculum that emphasizes training in the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology. The individual Programs then provide advanced training in areas such as genetics, biophysics, developmental biology, cell biology, biochemistry, structural biology, microbiology and immunology.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
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Programs in Molecular Basis of Health and Disease
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The graduate programs in this division are scientifically united in their focus on Health and Disease but with unique perspectives from Pathobiology, Pharmacology, Nutrition and Physiology. Applicants to these programs are reviewed by a joint admissions committee and take a common core curriculum that includes knowledge of the fundamentals of human disease and the underlying basic science research. Advanced courses provide Program-specific training in areas including neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, molecular and cell biology of nutrients, molecular genetics, cancer biology and molecular pharmacology.

We recognize that many areas of modern biomedical research cut across traditional programmatic lines. We therefore also offer specialized training in several disciplines that can be pursued from within any of the above graduate programs such as Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Disease, Computational Biology, Stem Cell Biology and Vision Sciences. Information on these training opportunities can be found under Multidisciplinary Training Opportunities. For additional information on the full range of research opportunities with our training programs, search our Research page.
 
 
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