Uniformed Services University

F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine

Molecular and Cell Biology


USU, Neuroscience Program, 4301 Jones Bridge Road

Bethesda, MD 20814

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD Molecular and Cell Biology, MS - Molecular and Cell Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Modern biology has been revolutionized by developments in molecular and cell biology. These developments cross traditional disciplines in ways that involve virtually every aspect of biomedical investigation. Understanding the complex mechanisms involved in cell-cell communication, intracellular signal transduction, regulation of gene expression, and immune response to foreign antigens and pathogens all require the application of multidisciplinary methods and thinking. Similarly, the investigation of the basis for the structural organization of cells and their organelles, the control of cell division, and the processes that lead to oncogenic transformation is most productive when techniques and ideas from diverse disciplines are brought to bear, as is the rational design of appropriate strategies and therapeutic agents to combat human disease. The ability to apply a multitude of approaches to a single problem and to exploit the advantages of diverse model systems is the hallmark of interdisciplinary research.

The Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) Ph.D. program is designed to provide individuals with strong backgrounds in biology and chemistry, and a desire to explore the molecular basis of biological processes and human disease, with comprehensive didactic and laboratory training in all areas of contemporary biomedical research. The faculty is drawn from eleven different Basic Science and Clinical departments.

Their research programs reflect a wide range of interests, including the molecular virology of HIV pathogenesis, the function of the immune system, and the mechanisms by which prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells sense, process, and respond to a variety of normal and abnormal stimuli. These programs attract extensive funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and a host of other public and private agencies and provide MCB students, who come from all over the world, with the opportunity to receive training that prepares them for careers in academic, government, or industry research settings.

The program of study includes course work in fundamental and advanced areas of molecular and cell biology, and original laboratory research leading to the Ph.D. degree. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty conducting research in virtually every area of contemporary molecular and cell biology including cancer biology, cellular immunology, molecular mechanisms of signal transduction, and proteomics. Our faculty members are drawn from basic and clinical science departments, encouraging a collaborative and interactive environment.


The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and the Medical School is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The Department of Defense, the USU Board of Regents, the President of USU, and the Dean o

International Student Requirements:

Each applicant must complete a baccalaureate degree from an United States accredited academic institution before matriculation at USUHS.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Specialized Institution—Medical school or medical center

Locale: Large City

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