The program is designed to prepare aspiring scientists for independent research careers in molecular biology, genetics and cell biology, with special emphasis on molecular oncology. The curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate each student's background and interests and includes core coursework in molecular and cellular biology, genetics and biochemistry, supplemented by more specialized offerings in cancer biology, developmental biology, molecular signaling, virology, immunology, and molecular techniques. Emphasis is placed on flexible, individualized training in a variety of scientific research, technical and intellectual skills that will help students carry out publishable thesis research. A weekly public seminar series, frequent laboratory seminars, and invited lectureships form an integral part of each student's education. A seminar presentation course affords background and practice in presenting and evaluating research results. During the first year, students complete three 12-week research rotations and become familiar with different faculty members' work. Students complete their course work by the end of their second year while they work on their thesis project. The remainig years are spent as full-time researchers soley working on their thesis projects. Current faculty research interests include molecular genetics of cancer; control of gene expression; signal transduction; cell cycle, death and differentiation, development, DNA damage and repair; drug discovery; protein modification, mechanisms of inheritance and imprinting and HIV replication. Common approaches in these studies include gene targeting in mice (knock-out/knock-in); transduction with recombinant viruses, siRNA, microinjection, nuclear transplantation, DNA microarray analysis, as well as state-of-the-art molecular biology and biochemical techniques.
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