The Biology of Aging Track of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program will educate students in the basic biology of aging, thereby preparing them to thrive at a unique interface of bioscience and medicine. The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio is the only institution in the US to house both a Nathan Shock Center on the Biology of Aging, and an Older Americans Independence Center (often called “Pepper Center”). We have more than 100 faculty members engaged in various aspects of aging research.
The program will encompass lectures and laboratory experience in molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms of aging. Also covered will be theories of aging, genetic versus environmental impacts on aging rates, experimental paradigms of aging research, the biology of model organisms, demographic analysis of aging, comparative and evolutionary biology of aging, pathobiology of selected organ systems, and recent advances in genetic and environmental treatments that extend life and prevent disease.
Students receive a stipend of $26,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program. Typically tuition is covered by the program in the first year and by faculty mentor or other grant sources thereafter.
- Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree with coursework in chemistry, physics, biology,etc.
- GPA no lower than 3.0 (B)
- Submit transcripts to Office of the Registrar
- Letters of Recommendation from professors
- Fall/January 15 (Priority)
- Fall/March 15 (Final)
International students are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 68 for iBT. The minimum score for the academic version of the IELTS test is 6.5. Scores for either test must have been taken within two years of applying for admission.