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MCB Graduate Studies


Graduate education in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) is focused at the departmental level: after spending the first semester doing three research rotations, students will formally join both a thesis lab and one of our four degree granting departments. If you are interested in a graduate degree, first explore the MCB graduate program information, then contact the graduate program coordinator for more information. Specific departmental requirements are provided under each department's heading on this Web site. Formal application is made to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology.gradstudent

Graduate studies in MCB are offered through the Departments of Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular and Integrative Physiology, along with interdisciplinary programs in the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, the Neuroscience Program, and Medical Scholars Program. These provide an exceptionally broad range of training and research opportunities.

With a Ph.D. from any MCB department or program, you will be well-prepared for a postdoctoral position at any major research institution, and for a research position in academia, industry, or the government. Recent MCB graduates have taken jobs at Yale University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, Rockefeller University, Upjohn Company, DuPont, Abbott Laboratories, Mayo Clinic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Archer Daniels Midland, and Johns Hopkins University, to name a few.

Financial Support

Students accepted into the Ph.D. program receive financial support through fellowships, traineeships, or graduate assistantships, which provide a generous stipend as well as a full tuition and partial fee waiver. Departments guarantee financial support to students as long as they are making satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. degree. Several fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding applicants. Upper-level graduate students are generally supported by research assistantships or interdisciplinary training grants. Students are recommended for training grant funding by their graduate program.

The following training grants are currently available: