The Molecular & Cell Biology Graduate Program

The Ph.D. Program in Molecular & Cell Biology

View the MCB Ph.D. Handbook for more details.

How do organisms function at the molecular and cellular levels? The goal of the MCB Graduate Program is to train aspiring scientists interested in solving these questions. Students acquire a broad knowledge about current developments in molecular and cell biology, learn to be effective scientific communicators, and are trained to perform independent scientific research.

We prepare our students for a career in scientific research through:

  • a flexible curriculum of courses tailored for each student's specific needs
  • thesis research under the personal direction of a faculty member. Entering students participate in laboratory rotations that acquaint them with current research techniques and permit exploration of possible research areas.
  • a series of journal clubs that keep students abreast of significant research findings and develop confidence with reading research literature and giving oral presentations. A seminar course is specifically designed for first-year students.

The research interests of the faculty in our program encompass:

  • behavior and neurobiology
  • cancer and programmed cell death
  • cytoskeleton and molecular motors
  • developmental biology
  • DNA replication, rearrangement, and repair
  • nutrition
  • immunology
  • signal transduction, transcriptional regulation, and RNA processing
  • structural biology

Students in the MCB Program benefit from the extremely interactive nature of the Life Sciences at Brandeis. Entering MCB students may choose to perform their thesis research at any laboratory in the Physical or Life Sciences Departments. The small size of the Departments and individual research groups allows extensive collaborations and interactions among and within research groups.

 

 
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