Graduate Program

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Year One

In the first year, students are enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences Core Curriculum which for all students consists of the following:

Semester One (fall)

  • COGS 8011 - Responsible Conduct of Research
  • COGS 8012 -  Scientific Communication
  • COGS 8021 - Biochemistry and Gene Regulation
  • COGS 8022 - Molecular Cell Biology
  • COGS 8040 - Introduction to Faculty Research
  • COGS 8050 - Introduction to Research 1

Semester Two (spring)

  • COGS 8033 - Integrative Systems Biology
  • COGS 8060 - Introduction to Research II

And take four credit hours from the following selectives:

  • COGS 8215  - Fundamentals of Oncology I
  • COGS 8080 - Neuroscience I (required for Neuroscience majors)
  • COGS 8090  - Fundamentals of Genomic Medicine (required for Genomic Medicine majors)
  • COGS 8230  - Biology of Proteins in Disease
  • COGS 8240  - Introduction to Immunology and Infectious Disease
  • COGS 8030  - Experimental Therapeutics

 Semester three (summer)

  • STAT 7070 - Biomedical Statistics
  • You must also take "Investigation of a Problem"

Second year and beyond (Vascular biology advanced curriculum)

The Ph.D curriculum is not lock- step: students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full time, year round study; acceptable duration  of the program is between 3 and 7 years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary and may include courses within the Vascular Biology Program as well as courses in other disciplines.

Vascular Biology Required Courses

  • COGS 8130 - Scientific Grant Writing
  • VBIO 8010 - Fundamental Principals in Vascular Biology
  • VBIO 8020 - New Frontiers in Vascular Biology
  • VBIO 9020 - Vascular Biology Journal Club
  • VBIO 9010 - Seminar in Vascular Biology - The seminar course must be taken every semester until admission to the candidacy and dissertation requirements are complete.
  • VBIO 9210 - Investigation of a Problem in Vascular Biology - This course must be taken every semester until admission to the candidacy requirements are complete.
  • VBIO 9300 - Research in Vascular Biology - Research must be taken every semester after admission to candidacy until dissertation requirements are met.

Elective course options (minimum of one course)

  • Advanced course in another discipline or biomedical science major (selections require approval from mentor and program director).
  • VBIO 8130 - Modern Drug Discovery and Development.
  • VBIO 8140  - Cell Signaling in Vascular Biology.

 additional requirements

In addition specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on both the written and oral Comprehensive Examination, development of an approved research proposal, writing and obtaining approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). Publication of at least one first-authored original research article in an approved peer-reviewed journal is required for students entering Vascular Biology Graduate Program in 2014 and beyond.