The Molecular & Cell Biology Graduate Program

All Ph.D. students in the program are paid stipends through the duration of their graduate training. Students also receive full tuition waivers from the University and comprehensive health benefits. Stipends for incoming Ph.D. students in the 2016-2017 academic year will be $30,500 (for a 12-month period) and a medical insurance allowance of up to $2,900.

At the end of the first year, the Steering Committee of the NIH Genetics Training Grant reviews the progress of all eligible students (US citizens and green card holders) and selects those with superior performance to be supported by the NIH Genetics Training Grant. Students are usually supported for two years from this grant. These students are also eligible to receive travel funds to attend scientific meetings. MCB students serve as teaching assistants in two one-semester laboratory or lecture courses, usually in the second year.

External Funding for Molecular and Cell Biology Research Programs

Faculty associated with the MCB Program receive research funding from a variety of external sources including

  • American Heart Association
  • Department of Energy
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Human Frontier Science Program
  • March of Dimes
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health:
         National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
         National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
         National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
         National Institute of General Medical Sciences
         National Institute of Mental Health
         National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes
  • Novartis
  • Packard Foundation
  • Pew Charitable Trust
  • Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research
  • Sloan Foundation
  • The Ellison Medical Foundation
  • W. M. Keck Foundation



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