If you’re not the typical biomedical sciences graduate student, then the Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics (SCBMB) program at BCM might be the perfect fit for your graduate education. Our program thrives on bringing together students and experts from various scientific, medical, and quantitative backgrounds in order to solve problems that can ultimately improve human health.
Interdisciplinary graduate training in computational and structural biology was a novel concept in 1992, when BCM pioneered its program. Since then, we’ve become experts in facilitating innovative collaborations—both within areas of Baylor College of Medicine and with other institutions—that have resulted in one of the most diverse and stimulating learning environments in the world.
The program includes over 75 full-time faculty from basic and clinical science departments at seven top tier institutions. The research activities of the faculty include development of structural and computational techniques, protein design and engineering, biophysical chemistry of macromolecules, membrane biophysics, neuroscience, systems biology, and genome informatics. Choosing a thesis project among all the options is one of the most difficult aspects of the program. Fortunately, you’ll have the chance to explore and experience various research opportunities in four laboratories before having to make this important decision.
SCBMB offers a flexible curriculum that allows students from different backgrounds to take a variety of courses. The program emphasizes research built upon a foundation of basic courses in computational biology, medical informatics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, biostatistics and molecular biophysics. These courses are available from any of our participating institutions at no cost to students.
In addition to a $29,000 per year stipend each student receives health insurance, a tuition scholarship, and also opportunities to receive outside funding from nationally competitive sources.
SCBMB students also participate in a number of seminars, journal clubs, and symposia throughout the academic year. In addition to the program specific activities, students have access to symposia, workshops, and informal discussion groups sponsored by the various affiliated research centers in the Texas Medical Center almost every day.
Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by:
the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, joint committee representing American Medical Association and Association of American Medical Colleges
the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award masters and doctorate degrees (M.D., Ph.D., D.N.P., M.S.). Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Baylor College of Medicine.
the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
the American College of Nurse Midwives
the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Most successful applicants have a GPA above 3.0 and GRE scores near the 70th percentile, and if required, either a TOEFL score better than 250 (equivalent to 600 on the older paper-based test) or an IELTS score better than band 6. Prior research experience, either in a summer program or part-time during school, is also important preparation for graduate school. Other requirements may be established by individual graduate programs. Applicants should consult their prospective programs for details.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: No
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Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
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