Doctoral Programs

Students in the MSTP may choose from 13 different PhD Programs for their graduate training:

  • Anthropology

    Examining the human experience through politics, culture, gender, public health, ethics, science and technology ...more

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    Anthropology Program

    MSTP Sociocultural Anthropology Requirements

    Course Requirements

    • Social Theory and Anthropology
    • Evolutionary Genetics
    • Research Methods in Anthropology
    • Medicine and Anthropology
    • Political Economy of Health
    • Methods: Proposal Writing
    • Cultures of Science and Technology
    • Social Measurement
    • Seminar in Anthropology (Two Semesters)
    • Four Advance Readings Courses
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • 40-60 Page Paper Due in January of Second PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Thesis Proposal is Due by May of the Second PhD Year 

    Other 

    • Students Must Demonstrate Proficiency in a Foreign Language

     

  • Biochemistry

    Using concepts and approaches of chemistry to understand the molecular basis of biological processes ...more

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    Biochemistry Program

    MSTP Biochemistry Requirements

    Course Requirements

    • Chemistry and Physics of Biological Molecules
    • Biochemistry Student Seminar
    • Three Advanced Electives
    • Three Units of Special Topics/Journal Clubs
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • Written General Knowledge Exam by May 31 of First PhD Year
    • Written Grant Proposal and Oral Exam by August 31 of Second PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Thesis Proposal is Due within Six Months of the Completion of the Qualifying Exam, and No Later than March 1 of the Second PhD Year 

  • Biomedical Engineering

    Integrating basic biology with the advanced quantitative and analytical methods of engineering, from the single-molecule level to that of the entire organism ...more

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    Biomedical Engineering Program

    MSTP Biomedical Engineering Requirements

    Course Requirements

    • Fundamentals of Molecular Cell Biology
    • One Course Each in Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science
    • Two BME Electives
    • Graduate Seminar (All Semesters)
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • General Knowledge Oral Exam Based on Research Rotations

    Thesis Proposal

    •  Thesis Proposal Is Due by June 30 of Second PhD Year
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  • Computational and Molecular Biophysics

    Fusing the systems and processes of biochemistry and molecular biology with the theory and practice of physical chemistry, mathematics and physics ...more

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    Computational and Molecular Biophysics Program

    MSTP Computational and Molecular Biophysics Requirements

    Course Requirements

    • Chemistry and Physics of Biological Molecules
    • Macromolecular Interactions
    • Molecular Biophysics Graduate Student Seminar (Every Spring)
    • Two Advanced Electives
    • Three Units of Special Topics/Journal Clubs
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • Written Grant Proposal and Oral Exam October of Second PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Thesis Proposal is Due within Six Months of the Completion of the Qualifying Exam, and No Later than March 1 of the Second PhD Year 
  • Computational and Systems Biology

    Bridging the gap between biological data and the computational methods needed to maximize its utility ...more

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    Computational and Systems Biology Program

    MSTP Computational and Systems Biology Requirements

    Course Requirements

    • Computational Molecular Biology
    • Introduction to Genomics
    • Seminar in Computational Molecular Biology (Two Semesters)
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • Written Grant Proposal and Oral Exam by August 31 of Second PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Thesis Proposal Is Due by December 31 of Second PhD Year 
  • Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology

    Combining genetic, cytological, immunological, microsurgical and biochemical approaches to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying developmental processes ...more

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    Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology Program

    MSTP Developmental, Regenerative, and Stem Cell Biology Requirements

    Required Courses

    • Fundamentals of Molecular Cell Biology
    • Developmental Biology
    • 4 Units of Special Topics/Journal Clubs
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • Written Grant Proposal and Oral Exam by October 31 of Second PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Thesis Proposal by December 31 of Second PhD Year
  • Human and Statistical Genetics

    Studying the molecular basis of normal and disease phenotypes in humans and mammals ...more

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    Human and Statistical Genetics Program

    MSTP Human and Statistical Genetics Requirements

    Course Requirements

    • Fundamentals of Mammalian Genetics
    • Human Linkage & Association
    • Computational Statistical Genetics
    • Human Genetics Journal Club (4 semesters)
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum
    Qualifying Exam
    •  Oral Examination on presentation of 3 papers and general knowledge by June 30 of First PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Thesis Proposal Due by December 31 of Second PhD Year
     
  • Immunology

    Examining how the mechanisms of host defense protect against pathogenic agents ...more

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    Immunology Program

    MSTP Immunology Requirements

    Required Courses

    • Immunobiology I (formally Foundations in Immunology)
    • Advanced Topics in Immunology
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • General Knowledge Oral Exam by July 30 of First PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Within 12 months of Qualifying Exam

    Other

    • Participation in weekly Works In Progress Seminars
  • Molecular Cell Biology

    Elucidating essential cellular processes and the mechanisms that control them ...more

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    Molecular Cell Biology Program

    MSTP Molecular Cell Biology Requirements

    Required Courses

    •  Fundamentals of Molecular Cell Biology
    • Advanced Elective with Grant Writing Component
    • 4 Units of Special Topics/Journal Clubs
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • Written Grant Proposal and Oral Exam by August 31 of First PhD year
    • Written General Knowledge Exam Two Weeks after End of Spring Semester

    Thesis Proposal

    • Thesis Proposal by December 31 of Second PhD Year
  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics

    Determining how genes are inherited, modified, expressed and regulated ...more

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    Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program

    MSTP Molecular Genetics and Genomics Requirements

    Course Requirements

    • Fundamentals of Molecular Cell Biology
    • Advanced Genetics
    • Genomics
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • Written General Knowledge Exam by end of May of First PhD Year
    • Written Grant Proposal and Oral Exam by October 31 of First PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Thesis Proposal Due by December 31 of Second PhD Year
  • Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

    Comprehensive and modern approaches to understanding microbes and the diseases they cause ...more

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    Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Program

    MSTP Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Requirements

    Required Courses

    • Fundamentals of Molecular Cell Biology
    • Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis
    • 4 Units of Special Topics/Journal Clubs
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • Written Grant Proposal and Oral Exam by February 1 of First PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Thesis Proposal by December 31 of Second PhD Year
  • Neurosciences

    Understanding how the brain works, how it develops, and how it malfunctions in disease ...more

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    Neurosciences Program

    MSTP Neurosciences Requirements

    Required Courses

    • Fundamentals of Molecular Cell Biology
    • Cellular Neurobiology or Neural Systems
    • Oral Presentation of Scientific Data
    • 1st Year Fundamentals
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • Written Grant Proposal and Oral Exam by June 30 of First PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

    • Preproposal by December 31 of Second PhD Year
    • Thesis Proposal by June 30 of Second PhD Year
     
  • Physics

    Application of physics to medicine in the measurement of blood flow, eclectic conductance and imaging ...more

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    Physics Program

    MSTP Physics Requirements

    Course Requirements

    • Depending on Preparation, a Minimum of 18 Units of Core Courses
    • Biomedical Research Ethics
    • Teaching Practicum

    Qualifying Exam

    • Oral Exam Must Be Completed by May 15 of Second PhD Year

    Thesis Proposal

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