The Molecular & Cell Biology Graduate Program

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Application Deadlines:

2019-2020 academic year

The deadline for Ph.D. applications is 12/1/18

The M.S. application deadline is rolling through 5/1/19

The Ph.D. Program in Molecular & Cell Biology

View the MCB Graduate Handbook for more details.

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

The research interests of the faculty in our program encompass:

  • gene expression and regulation
  • cytoskeleton and membrane traffic
  • DNA replication and repair
  • proteolysis and autophagy
  • cell polarity and morphogenesis
  • developmental biology
  • synapse formation and homeostasis
  • behavior and sensory processing

We prepare our students for many scientific careers including, but not limited to, academia, pharma/biotech, science policy, law and publishing. The training program consists of:

  • a flexible curriculum of courses tailored for each student's specific needs
  • thesis research under the personal direction of a faculty member. First-year students participate in four laboratory rotations that acquaint them with current techniques and permit exploration of possible research topics.
  • 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.

Students in the MCB Program benefit from the extremely interactive nature of the Life Sciences at Brandeis. Entering MCB students may choose a thesis advisor from any of the Life Sciences faculty, which includes members of the Biology, Biochemistry, Psychology, Physics, and Chemistry 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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