Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
The Molecular and Cellular Bioscience (MCB) Track allows students to enter graduate school with the freedom and flexibility to explore several programs before committing to a specific research topic. A range of mentors can be selected whose research spans basic and translational fields of cutting-edge molecular and cellular biology.
In their first year, students engage in courses to help them critically evaluate basic and translational principles and formulate experiments. Students have the opportunity to rotate through three laboratories in order to narrow their focus to one of five PhD programs. Once a PhD program is selected, students begin specializing in the research area of the laboratory and program-specific courses are completed. All students receive career planning and scientific professionalism and integrity training.
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The PhD training programs in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences provide an interdisciplinary curriculum that utilizes the tools of molecular and cellular biology to train students for research in the detailed analysis of fundamental biological processes.
The common MCB first year curriculum utilizes a two semester course to provide broad exposure to these fundamentals topics:
Additionally, students will take a short course in analytical skills followed by their selection of three Program-Specific electives taught by the 5 participating MCB Graduate Programs. This first year course of study is complemented by a seminar/discussion course in Scientific Professionalism and Integrity.
During the first year, students explore scientific research projects by participating in three laboratory research rotations, choosing laboratories from within the 5 participating PhD programs. These laboratory rotations introduce students to new techniques and guide in the selection of a dissertation research advisor. Once a research mentor has been selected, students begin specialization in the research area of that laboratory. Students will complete courses specific to that program of study during the second year.
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999