The Biomedical Sciences graduate program is designed to lead to the Ph.D. degree through a combination of didactic study, laboratory rotations, and thesis research in basic biomedical sciences. Research experiences are wide and varied, permitting students the options of selecting molecular, cellular, or organ and integrated systems approaches in their research programs. Students are encouraged to design and execute investigation in a self-critical and independent manner.
To train creative, independent research scientists poised to tackle fundamental questions in biomedical research in the post-genomic era the Biomedical Sciences Program offers a flexible system of advanced training options.
Training Tracks in Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Pharmacology, Molecular Pathology and Physiology provide a complete training program in each of these areas of specialization. Each training track has its own curriculum that builds from the first year core courses and includes advanced training activities, including seminar and journal clubs to facilitate detailed discussion of literature relevant to each field. Students who either do not wish to specialize in one of these areas or who seek subspecialty training may form a Custom Track in consultation with the faculty.
Focus areas are less structured programs of study designed to bridge or complement the Training Tracks while fulfilling all of the Biomedical Sciences training requirements. Students may design a Custom Track by choosing elective courses in one or more Focus Area: Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Developmental Biology, Glycobiology, Molecular Endocrinology, Neurobiologyand Structural and Chemical Biology . Students may also customize their training independent of Tracks or Focus Areas in consultation with the faculty.
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