Purdue University

PULSe (Interdisciplinary Life Science)

Membrane Biology


Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual & Performing Arts

Krannert Center, Suite 104; 425 W. State Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Membrane Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Membrane Biology is part of the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe). Some of the highlights of PULSe include: PULSe offers students a diverse range of research opportunities in the basic life sciences. These research areas include: Biomolecular Structure and Biophysics, Chemical Biology, Chromatin and Regulation of Gene Expression, Integrative Neuroscience, Membrane Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Evolutionary Genetics, Molecular Signaling and Cancer Biology, Molecular Virology, and Plant Biology. While in PULSe, students participate in a curriculum designed to provide them with the professional skills necessary for research in the life sciences. These include: scientific communication, proposal writing, and ethics. In the first year of study, PULSe students carry out research rotations in FOUR labs for periods of SEVEN weeks, two rotations in the fall semester and two in the spring. These rotations allow students to sample a wide variety of research subjects and approaches before choosing a major professor, which is required at the end of the first year. All students entering the program receive an assistantship and full tuition. For the 2008-2009 academic year, students received a $22,500 assistantship plus a full tuition waiver. Graduate students are also eligible for a university-subsidized health insurance plan. The PULSe website provides more information regarding application details.


Purdue University is an accredited member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 336 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 9478 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 27646 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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