MCW’s Physiology PhD program emphasizes research in areas such as cardiovascular physiology, renal and respiratory physiology, genomics, proteomic and computational biology, among others. The Department of Physiology is home to the Human & Molecular Genetics Center (HMGC), which was established in 1999 to provide the infrastructure for researchers and clinicians to use genomic sequencing for improved healthcare outcomes.
Students interested in Physiology research must apply directly to the 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).