Molecular, Cellular and Evolutionary Biology

Ph.D. Program

First year graduate students enroll in a core-curriculum course that develops critical-thinking skills needed for success in scientific inquiry. An optional rotation program consisting of three short internships provides valuable hands-on training in specialized techniques and a chance to evaluate potential mentors. Students in the MCEB program advance to full PhD candidacy in their second year after completing a preliminary exam with written and oral components. PhD candidates are then eligible to compete for positions on NIH-funded Genetics and Developmental Biology training grants. Independent research projects culminate with defense of a thesis dissertation, with completion of the PhD degree expected in 4-6 years.

A sampling of courses available in Biology and other departments that fulfill program requirements includes:

  • Human Evolutionary Genetics (BIOL/ANTH 5221, A. Rogers and J. Seger)
  • Microbial Diversity, Genomics and Evolution (BIOL 5275, C. Dale)
  • Advanced Statistical Modeling for Biologists (BIOL 6500, F. Adler)
  • Gene Expression (BIOL 5120, J. Hollien)
  • Genome Biology (BIOL 5140, R. Clark)
  • Cell Structure and Function (BIOL 5210, M. Babst)
  • Evolutionary Developmental Biology (BIOL 5510, M. Shapiro)
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics for Molecular Biology and Genomics (HGEN 6090, R. Weiss and M. Yandell)
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics (BIOL 6092, L. Jorde, J. Seger, M. Yandell)