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The Graduate Programs in Molecular Basis of Health and Disease

Graduate Programs in Molecular Basis of Health and Disease constitute one of five divisions that make up Columbia University’s Coordinated Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences.

These Programs stress the importance of basic science that is directly related to understanding the causes and cures of human disease and its processes:

  • Cellular Physiology and Biophysics

    The Cellular Physiology and Biophysics Program offers a wide range of training opportunities in fields including cardiovascular biology and disease; neurobiology; immunology; protein transport, structure and function; computational biology; and organ function. Students will acquire fundamental training in physiology, cellular and molecular biology and biophysics.

  • Nutritional and Metabolic Biology

    The objectives of the Doctoral Program in Nutritional and Metabolic Biology are to prepare individuals to conduct original basic research in nutrition and related sciences.  This Program closely integrates with a substantial number of fields relating to human health and disease, emphasizing cross-cutting approaches in cellular and molecular sciences.

  • Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine

    The Program in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine is designed to bridge the gap between training in basic science and learning about important clinical problems. Students in this Program will receive a rigorous education in cell and molecular biology, but in the context of human diseases, including cancer biology and neurodegenerative disorders.

  • Pharmacology and Molecular Signaling

    Training in this Program focuses on the interaction of receptors in the body both with their endogenous ligands and with drugs. Researchers investigate mechanisms of such interaction and the signaling pathways triggered by the interaction. Trainees will learn classical principles of pharmacology and more modern biophysical, genetic and computational approaches to the development of new and more specific therapeutic agents to manage human disease.

Students can find faculty research information by clicking any of the above links.

These Programs provide a core curriculum for all students, which includes a one-year core course in basic sciences incorporating Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cell Biology, as well as a one-year core course that is designed specifically for these Programs and includes topics in Physiology, Pharmacology, Metabolism and the Mechanisms of Human Disease. Specific course requirements have also been developed for each individual Program.   While students may elect to do their thesis work on a relatively basic problem, they will, when they receive the Ph.D., have a broad understanding of how their skills can be deployed to study disease processes.

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