Aging and Gerontology
Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Aging and Gerontology
Degrees and Certificates Offered: BA in interdisciplinary studies (emphasis on aging), see the “Undergraduate Education” section of the Catalog for more information.
Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program(Top)
John A Burns School of Medicine
M. J. Berry, PhD (Co-chair)—selenoprotein synthesis
N. G. James, PhD—neurodegeneration, protein interactions, fluorescence micros
P. Fei, PhD—tumor suppressors function and cancer susceptibility syndromes
W. Boisvert, PhD—immunologic and inflammatory aspects of cardiovascular medicine
A. Fleig, PhD—excitation-contraction coupling in muscle
R. Allsopp, PhD—cell biology
M. Corely, PhD—epigenetics and human disease/diabetes
Genetics and Molecular Biology
F. Bellinger, PhD—neurobiology of selenoproteins
P. Hoffmann, PhD—immunology
K. Csiszar, PhD—lysyl oxidase tumor suppressor family
R. Nichols, PhD—neurobiology
Y. Marikawa, PhD—molecular control of the body plan of vertebrate embryos
Degrees Offered: MS in cell and molecular biology, MS in cell and molecular biology (neuroscience), PhD in cell and molecular biology, PhD in cell and molecular biology (neuroscience)
The Academic Program
The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program (CMB) in biomedical sciences represents an interdisciplinary approach to graduate education with faculty in many sub-disciplines of biology dedicated to helping qualified students pursue original research using modern approaches to cell and molecular biology. The CMB graduate program brings together faculty from three colleges and various research institutes. Planning for collaborative research is emphasized in this program, as well as solid training in a variety of laboratory techniques.
The CMB graduate program provides fellowships for PhD students in their first year, and additional support in the way of research or teaching assistantships are available for qualified applicants in subsequent years. The program is intended to prepare students for careers in academia, research institutes, and in expanding areas of biotechnology in the private sector.
Master’s students fall into two categories, depending on whether they opt for a Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). The MS Plan B is usually a terminal degree, appropriate for professionals in medical technology, government, and related fields who wish to obtain broad training in modern cell biology to advance their credentials in their chosen fields. The completion of the MS Plan A serves as a qualifying examination for students who intend to continue toward the PhD in cell and molecular biology. It may also serve as a terminal degree for those who wish to pursue careers as research technicians, either in the public or private sector.
Applicants are expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree emphasizing biological or physical sciences with courses in calculus, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular biology. Applicants with MD degrees are welcome. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test should be submitted with the application, and students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Three letters of recommendation from former instructors or research supervisors, a CMB program graduate express form, and transcripts from previous universities or colleges attended must also be submitted.
The curriculum core of the CMB program is a specialized lecture class, spanning two semesters (CMB 621-622). Additional required courses are CMB 611 Seminar in Biomedical Science, CMB 626 Ethics in Biomedical Research, and CMB 654 Genetics Seminar. The remaining credit requirements can be fulfilled by specialized courses, seminars, and research units as recommended by the particular committee and research advisor each student picks to guide their academic program. Following the completion of the two semester core course, the student is expected to pass a qualifying exam, form a committee, and then propose, complete, and defend an original research project (MS Plan A) or study plan and research paper (MS Plan B).
PhD candidates do not need to have completed a master’s degree. If an MS was not earned through the CMB program, the core lecture class is required (CMB 621-622). Formal course requirements beyond the core include additional courses specified by the dissertation committee, including CMB 611 Seminar in Biomedical Science, CMB 626 Ethics in Biomedical Research, CMB 641 Introductory Biostatistics for the Bench Biologist, CMB 654 Genetics Seminar, CMB 699 Directed Research, and three laboratory rotations. The student is expected to form a committee, propose, complete, and defend an original research project and publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal during their graduate career.
The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program participates in the interdisciplinary “Area of Concentration in Neuroscience.” This is a graduate “specialization” rather than a free-standing graduate program. CMB students interested in this specialization will take normal requirements for CMB plus additional course work as determined by the Neuroscience Specialization. They will be eligible for graduate degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology (Neuroscience), presuming that their dissertation research includes an emphasis on application of Cell and Molecular Biological techniques to a Neuroscience research issue (or vice versa).
Selected Specialized Courses
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