|The purpose of the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Training Program is to offer comprehensive training in the basic mechanisms by which cells achieve life and perform specialized functions that contribute to a complete organism.
The program involves investigators in seven basic science departments. Training is offered in the general areas of Cancer Biology and Cell Proliferation, Cell Organization and Function, Cellular Immunology, Neurobiology, Signal Transduction and Gene Control, and Stem Cell Biology.
The interdisciplinary character of the program allows for a wide perspective for the student in approaching a research project and selecting thesis advisors. The design of the curriculum aims at providing the students with an advanced, but balanced biological education that prepares them to understand and apply to their research sophisticated ideas and methodologies of biochemistry, genetics, immunology, and molecular cell biology. There are no course requirements; rather each student decides with his or her mentor plus a student advisor which courses are most appropriate for that student’s interest.
In addition to specific courses, the program also provides a number of venues for individual students to design their own learning experience, and to discuss their research. These include the organization of tutorials with individual faculty selected by the students, presentations of research progress in weekly meetings with colleagues, the selection by students of outside guest seminar speakers, participation in a student run journal club, and a programmatic retreat where students present and discuss their research in an informal atmosphere.
The Program provides training for Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degree students.