The Program in Integrative Molecular Biology (PIMB) is an innovative Ph.D. training program that is designed for well-prepared students with a focused and developed interest in the structure and function of molecules that comprise living systems. The Program draws on faculty from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and from the Department of Biological Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences. This is an accelerated program that provides the opportunity for students to complete their degrees in approximately 4 years. Students enter the Program in the Summer session, and after performing three rotations identify an advisor and area of research. Areas of research focus include Genomics, Proteomics, and Gene Function and Cellular and Developmental Dynamics. Required course work is completed during the first year. At the end of the first year students take a comprehensive examination that includes the submission of a research proposal to national fellowship programs. Students receive career mentoring during the third and fourth years to ensure a seamless transition to the postdoctoral level. Training in the PIMB will prepare students for positions as postdoctoral fellows and ultimately for leadership positions in academia and industry.
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