Current Students


The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Illinois offers unique opportunities for graduate students to become skilled and creative biologists. We have outstanding resources in our internationally recognized faculty, graduate students, and research facilities. Our graduate program not only allows our research students to learn the latest techniques, but also fosters their development as independent scientists.

Our faculty together with the Graduate College have established the requirements necessary to achieve the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in our program. You should familiarize yourself with our expectations for maintaining satisfactory academic progress as well as meeting the Graduate Degree Milestones. Your enrollment in our graduate program marks the transition in your education. As you are developing your research and teaching skills, we expect that you, together with your faculty thesis advisor, will take responsibility for achieving the goals of the graduate program. Success depends on achieving the Graduate Degree Milestones and completing degree requirements in a timely manner.

CDB Grad Documents & Forms

CDB Graduate Student Handbook

CDB First-Year Graduate Student Annual Review Form

CDB 5th + Year Grad Student Annual Review Form

Prelim Exam Checklist

CDB Thesis Committee Approval Request Form