Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Medicine

This graduate program combines the resources of basic science and clinical medicine and emphasizes the molecular processes underlying human diseases. The Molecular Medicine Graduate Program is designed to prepare students for careers in biomedical research and requires approximately five years of full-time study, including course work, examinations, and dissertation research (sample curriculum). All students complete a PhD dissertation based on original research.

The program is based in MCG's Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (DNRM), directed by Dr. Lin Mei, Professor of Neurology and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. The Molecular Medicine Graduate Program includes more than 60 faculty drawn from clinical and basic science departments, including the Immunotherapy Center, Center for Molecular Chaperone/Radiobiology & Virology Cancer and the Cancer Center. All are committed to using molecular approaches to solve disease-related problems.

The Graduate School

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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