Medical College of Wisconsin

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy


8701 Watertown Plank Road

Milwaukee, WI 53226

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

MCW’s Cell & Developmental Biology PhD program provides research opportunities in the areas of mitochondrial gene expression, neurobiology, neurodegeneration, ocular biology, and organ development, among many more. The Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy is home to the Facility for Electron Microscopy, which provides service, training and consultation for research projects requiring transmission electron microscopy.

Students interested in Cell & Developmental Biology research can enter the program through the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Science or the Neuroscience Doctoral Program. All admitted students start in the Fall and progress through a core curriculum while rotating in 3-4 labs during their first full year. A qualifying exam is taken during the second year, with degree requirements fulfilled after students have successfully written and defended their dissertation.

All full-time, degree-seeking PhD students at MCW receive a generous financial aid package, including full tuition remission, a stipend of over $29,000/year, and complimentary health insurance (including vision & dental). Average time to degree completion for all MCW PhD students is 5 ½ years. MCW as an institution has the lowest faculty-to-student ration in the world (0.6 students for every 1 faculty member).


Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—Medical school or medical center

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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