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Graduate Committee

Dr. Andrew Dudley (Chair & Program Director), Dr. Shantaram Joshi, Dr. Kishor Bhakat, Dr. Gargi Ghosal, Dr. Shannon Buckley, Dr. Anna Dunaevsky, Dr. Kaustubh Datta, Dr. Jennifer Black, and Dr. Karen Gould (ex officio)  

The IGPBS - Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology doctoral program trains students to conduct rigorous and interdisciplinary research focused on understanding the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of normal development as well as disease pathogenesis. The program is designed to prepare students for careers as independent biomedical scientists and educators, offering two PhD degree tracks:

  • Research Track 
  • Anatomy Teaching Track

Research Track

All students enrolled in IGPBS - Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology doctoral program (Research Track) must complete the required courses listed below:

Core Curriculum
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
IPBS 803FUNDAMENTALS OF RECEPTORS & CELL SIGNALING2
MGCB 896RSCH OTHER THAN THESIS (or IPBS 896)1-9
MGCB 907TEACHING AND RESEARCH PRESENTATION SKILLS2
MGCB 903JOURNAL CLUB (every semester)1
MGCB 970SEMINAR (every semester)1
MGCB 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-15
Electives (3 courses)
Electives will be selected by the student in consultation with his/her Supervisory Committee, but MUST include 1 of the 2 listed below:
MGCB 815TOOLS AND ALGORITHMS IN BIOINFORMATICS3
MGCB 912MODERN APPROACHES IN CELL BIOLOGY & MOLECULAR GENETICS3
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)/Ethics Training – to be completed by the end of year 2 in lab

Teaching Track

All students enrolled in IGPBS - Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology doctoral program (Anatomy Teaching Track) must complete the courses listed below:

Core Curriculum
GCBA 813NEUROANATOMY LECTURE2
GCBA 814NEUROANATOMY LAB1
GCBA 825HUMAN HISTOLOGY5
GCBA 907TEACHING AND RESEARCH PRESENTATION SKILLS2
GCBA 908GROSS ANATOMY LECTURE3
GCBA 909GROSS ANATOMY LABORATORY5
GCBA 940TEACHING PRACTICUM: HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY2
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
MGCB 823FUNDAMENTALS IN GENETICS AND GENOMICS (or GCBA 823)2
MGCB 896RSCH OTHER THAN THESIS (or IPBS 896)1-9
MGCB 903JOURNAL CLUB (or GCBA 903 or 904; every semester)1
MGCB 970SEMINAR (every semester)1
MGCB 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (every semester after joining a lab)1-15
Electives (at least one of the two shown below)
GCBA 942TEACHING PRACTICUM: HUMAN NEUROANATOMY1
GCBA 949TEACHING PRACTICUM: HUMAN HISTOLOGY2
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)/Ethics Training – to be completed by the end of year 2 in lab

Coursework

Upon successful completion of the first two years of the medical school curriculum, the IGPBS - Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology Graduate Committee will waive the requirement for completing the IPBS curriculum (IPBS 801, 802, 803) and MGCB 823Each MD/PhD student enrolled in this program must complete the following courses:

Required Courses
MGCB 903JOURNAL CLUB (every semester)1
MGCB 907TEACHING AND RESEARCH PRESENTATION SKILLS2
MGCB 970SEMINAR (every semester)1
MGCB 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-15
Elective (1 course)
This course will be selected by the student in consulation with his/her Supervisory Committee
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)/ Ethics Training - to be completed by the end of year 2 in lab