The department offers a PhD degree option in cell and molecular biology. The degree is a research-focused degree in which the student completes a body of novel and significant research that will result in a written dissertation that is defended before the program faculty. In addition, PhD students are expected to present the results of the research efforts in professional meetings and through publication. The objectives of the PhD program are to provide opportunities for each student to:
Develop skill and knowledge in the fields of cell biology, biotechnology, molecular biology, and related disciplines of bioinformatics, developmental biology, microbiology, or biophysics.
Initiate, conduct, and complete a research project that makes use of the knowledge and skills relevant to the program.
Demonstrate an improving set of oral and written presentation skills for communication of research results.
Develop competence and proficiency in acquisition and interpretation of the scientific literature relevant to the program disciplines.
Become skilled in the process of grantsmanship through courses and the faculty mentor opportunities and interaction.
The degree requires completion of 20 didactic credits and at least 20 credits of research.