Required Courses (and Encouraged Electives)

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Cell and Developmental Biology Subprogram

Interdisciplinary graduate program dedicated to providing rigorous training in experimental cell and developmental biology. Research by the faculty and students within is focused on the basic mechanisms of cellular organization and of developmental gene regulatory networks, and the relevance of these topics to health and disease.


Curriculum:
Fall (year 1)

  • Principles in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Biostatistics for Biomedical Research
  • Genetic Analysis of Biological Systems
  • Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology(literature review course)
  • Principles of Scholar Integrity (Collaborative Instructional Training Initiative)
  • Graduate Research in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Student Seminar 

Spring (year 1)

  • Genes and Development
  • Choice of Three of the Following Modules, depending on current offerings, and on recommendation from student advisory committee, and graduate program director:
    • Transcription RNA
    • Epigenetics, Cancer and Mouse Models
    • Growth Factor Receptor Signaling
    • Cell Cycle Control
    • Cell Fate Decisions
  • Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology (literature review course)
  • Graduate Research in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Student Seminar

Fall (year 2)

  • Mechanisms of Cellular Organization
  • Critical Thinking in Biochemistry
  • Critical Thinking in Genetics
  • Critical Thinking in Cell Biology
  • Graduate Research in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Student Seminar

Spring (year 2)

  • Critical Thinking in Molecular Biology
  • Critical Thinking in Physiology
  • Critical Thinking in Development
  • Graduate Research in Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Student Seminar

Comprehensive exam: 

  • The comprehensive will be on-topic. However, we will stipulate that one aim from the proposal must have no input from the adviser and must have no overlap with a grant from the host lab.

Annual retreat: 

  • We will build cohesiveness through an annual retreat and other activities that allow our faculty and students to become fully engaged with the program.

Student Presentations: 

  • Cell and Developmental Biology Seminar Series – In the first year, students will give rotation talks and in subsequent years students present their thesis research annually. The purpose of the series is to train students in presentation skills. The seminar will be attended by the students themselves, and by one or more CDB faculty members who have agreed to evaluate the presentations.
  • Feedback will be required of student and faculty attendees.  A student’s thesis committee members will be invited to attend that student’s seminars.