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

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 at Brandeis.

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.

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