Why should I apply to the MCB Program?
The goal of the MCB Graduate Program is to train aspiring
scientists in the discipline of scientific research, and
to give a strong background in Molecular and Cell Biology.
Graduate students in the Program are trained to perform
independent scientific research and to become creative and
responsible scientists. In addition, the Program emphasizes
training students to be effective scientific communicators
both orally and in writing.
Preparation for a career in scientific research is achieved
through the combination of (1) a flexible curriculum of
courses tailored for each student's specific needs, (2)
a set of laboratory rotations that acquaints each entering
student with current research techniques and permits exploration
of possible research areas, and (3) a seminar course specifically
for first-year students and a series of journal clubs that
keep students abreast of significant research findings and
develop confidence with reading research literature and
giving oral presentations. First-year students participate
in all three aspects of our graduate program and are thus
quickly integrated into the biological research community
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.
Thus entering MCB students are free to choose from approximately
25 faculty with diverse research interests as faculty
advisors. The small size of the Departments and individual
research groups allows extensive collaborations and interactions
among and within research groups, as well as with research
advisors. These interactions are further strengthened by
student research presentations and an annual Program retreat
where research groups are encouraged to present their work.
Thesis research leading to the Ph.D. degree is carried
out under the personal direction of a faculty member. A
complete list of faculty
research interests and recent publications is available.
Potential applicants are urged to obtain this information.