Our program places a strong emphasis on personalized training to foster the development of students toward their career of choice. Our enthusiastic faculty offer individualized mentoring to prepare students for diverse scientific careers ranging from academia, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical industry to science writing and regulatory aspects of science as highlighted by the successful and diverse career paths taken by our alumni.
Our graduate students are offered the opportunity to receive training in cutting-edge methods of molecular and cell biology, genetics, genomics, neurosciences, biomedical imaging, electrophysiology, biophysics, immunology, protein biochemistry, and pharmacology to the study of problems of physiological importance by experts in the fields. Many of our students’ research projects combine in-depth basic science studies of cellular processes under physiological and pathological conditions with more translational aspects at the whole organism level. A growing number of students with interests outside of academic research can benefit from interning in local biotechnology companies and from interactions with the Baylor Licensing Group, the Dan L. Duncan Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, or the Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMCx).
Our mission is to provide our students with the tools necessary for a successful scientific career. In addition to excellence in research, our curriculum takes advantage of courses and workshops within the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and other institutes with the Texas Medical Center to offer training in physiology, from the level of the cell to that of the organ and the whole organism, in professional development, in oral and written communication skills for scientists, and in biostatistics. Our graduate students have diverse backgrounds, research interests, and career goals, a limited number of didactic courses are therefore required in favor of elective didactic courses chosen by each student to match their scientific and career interests.