Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular Biology & Anatomy

The graduate program in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy offers research training opportunities in the dynamic field of cell biology. The department has strong collaborative ties with many of the research centers, institutes and clinical departments on campus and offers a rich environment for scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Students are graduate research assistants and have the opportunity to pursue research that covers the continuum of development, normal processes, disease/degeneration and death. Some of our faculty investigate polarity and patterning in developing organisms. Other faculty members study mechanisms of protection, repair and regeneration related to diseases of the kidney, bone, breast, visual and auditory systems and the central nervous system. A broad array of genetic, molecular, cell biological, and biochemical tools are used in vivo and in vitro studies of multiple model systems including rodents, zebrafish, Drosophila. There are numerous substantive interactions with clinicians offering myriad opportunities for translational research.

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What can I do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular Biology & Anatomy Degree?


Students who obtain the PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Cellular Biology and Anatomy are poised to pursue post-doctoral research in universities and research institutes across the US and beyond. Owing to the strong background in the fundamentals of cell biological approaches to organisms, students are equally attractive to industry and biotechnology companies.


For those interested in pursuing academic careers that combine research and teaching, students not only build upon their research experiences, but are afforded opportunities to participate in teaching within the medical school curriculum (serving as teaching assistants in histology, anatomy, neuroanatomy/neuroscience).

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is offered in the following biomedical science majors: Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, Cell Biology and Anatomy, Genomic Medicine, Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology, and Vascular Biology.  Outstanding areas of research in these programs include cancer biology, neurological diseases, cardiovascular diseases, obesity/diabetes and inflammation/infection to name a few.  These and other areas of exciting biomedical research are available to pursue as a graduate student in these programs.  Application to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. programs are through a common admissions process and not to a specific major.  First year students complete a set of core courses, specialized courses and laboratory rotations before selecting a major.

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