Cellular and Molecular Biology
For individuals who
Want to advance their study of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology.
Cross training in areas of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. A research-oriented degree. Ability to conduct original research in state-of-the-art laboratories under supervision of an adviser.
- Molecular Biologist
The CMB program provides cross training of graduate students in the areas of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. In this setting, students learn the most up-to-date approaches from a variety of ﬁelds. Integration across concepts, as well as the application of various approaches to addressing biological problems, is developed through their preliminary examination, in which students are required to author a research proposal in the format of a national granting agency and to defend it orally. The students also develop and conduct an original line of research under the supervision of their major adviser. The program also brings together faculty with common interests and who use common approaches and equipment. Such a community of scientists fosters collaboration and engenders a sense of cooperation that leads to shared use of common equipment.
The CMB program prepares students for careers in academia and private industry. All program graduates are in permanent positions in their ﬁeld or are engaged in post-doctoral training.
Nearly 40 faculty members in many different departments and representing a variety of colleges participate as faculty mentors. The CMB program coordinator receives guidance on policy, procedure, and program administration from a multidisciplinary group of faculty who serve on the CMB Steering Committee.
The CMB program is designed to respond to the evolving nature of research in the life sciences in which it was recognized that biological phenomena emerge from molecular and cellular events and that the elucidation of such processes increasingly relies on multidisciplinary approaches. In addition, new applications of sensor technology, disease diagnosis and treatment, and other emerging technologies require that scientists work across historical boundaries of their disciplines.
This is a research-oriented degree that requires advanced skills areas of biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology, and contemporary research techniques. Prospective students must have a high quantitative aptitude and be prepared to undertake rigorous graduate-level training in research including quantitative methods.