Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Cellular Biology & Anatomy

Doctor of Philosophy With a Major In
CellULAR biology & anatomy

  • Annual Lombard Kelly Distinguished Lectureship organized by CBA graduate students  - launched in 2017 with Nobel Laureate, Dr. Andrew Fire, as the inaugural speaker
  • Networking opportunities for students to build connections for a successful future career
  •  Lively seminar series and journal club
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Recent graduates are continuing their research careers at institutions such as the Beckman Research Institute, Emory Eye Center, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Yale University


The Cellular Biology and Anatomy graduate program offers excellent research opportunities covering a broad spectrum of thematic areas. The developmental biologists within our department investigate polarity and patterning in organisms, while other faculty members study mechanisms of protection, repair and regeneration related to diseases of the kidney, musculoskeletal, breast, and visual systems. State-of-the-art genetic, molecular and biochemical tools are employed in diverse in vivo and in vitro systems including mutant mice, zebrafish, Drosophila, and human cells.  The department has strong, collaborative ties with many of the research institutes and centers on campus, and offers a rich environment for scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.

There are a number of career opportunities that await individuals who have earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Cellular Biology and Anatomy. For example, armed with a solid underpinning in the fundamentals of cell biological approaches to organisms, students are attractive to booming industry and biotechnology companies.  For those interested in pursuing academic careers that combine research and teaching, students not only build upon their research experience in the lab but are also afforded opportunities to participate in teaching within the medical school curriculum (serving as teaching assistants in histology, anatomy, and neuroanatomy/neuroscience).  

We are delighted that you are exploring the opportunities within our program and look forward to working with you as colleagues.


Applicants come from all over the United States and countries around the world.  In most cases applicants have some research experience in the life sciences.


Dr. Yutao Liu Cell Biology and Anatomy Program Director

"Our CBA family welcomes new graduate students to our community. We provide them with effective & individualized mentoring, collegial guidance, and diverse research opportunities. We take great pride in their development and achievements. Join our family." 

- Yutao Liu, PhD