Rigorous Research Training
Cell and Molecular Biology Track
Our interdisciplinary program uses a variety of models to study the molecular, cellular, physiological, genetic, and biochemical mechanisms that drive fundamental cellular processes and underlie disease. Faculty participate in collaborative research and have diverse research interests in cellular signaling, growth and differentiation, gene regulation, developmental biology, endocrinology, neurophysiology, microbiology, and genomics. Graduate students will develop specialized knowledge in cutting-edge technologies while gaining research, critical-thinking, and communication skills necessary to pursue a wide variety of career options.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Track
The strength of this concentration derives from the diversity of research interests of our faculty and students and their model organisms. Research programs have relevance for global change, biodiversity, current extinction crisis, and genetic mechanisms underlying the morphological and functional adaptations of organisms. Close working relations between students and faculty foster an atmosphere conducive to rapid learning and professional growth.
Thesis and Non-Thesis Options
Both concentrations offer thesis and non-thesis paths. The thesis option is designed for students interested in research-focused careers. Recent graduates have entered PhD programs and obtained positions in various government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private biotechnology firms. The non-thesis option is designed for those who may leverage a strong background in the biological sciences in preparation for careers or to advance careers in education, communication, consultancy, legal and paralegal professions, and medical and allied health fields, among others. The non-thesis option is especially suitable for part-time enrollment.
Full-time students in either concentration will usually complete the program in two years. Part-time students can complete the program in up to six years.