​Program of Study

In the first semester, students complete the core curriculum of the Programs in Cell and Molecular Biology:

Bio 5068 Fundamentals of Molecular Cell Biology, 4.0 (Fall)

Bio 548 Nucleic Acids & Protein Biosynthesis, 3.0 (Fall)
*Students interested in a specialized track may substitute other advanced electives for one of these core  courses.  Please contact the Program Director to obtain approval for this prior to registration.

Students begin specialized training in Microbiology in the second semester. The following advanced elective course is considered central to the Program:

Bio 5392 Molecular Microbiology & Pathogenesis, 3.0 (Spring)

Students are also expected to enroll in:

Bio 5217 Special Topics in Microbial Pathogenesis (Spring) - that includes literature review, statistics and experimental design, and grant writing methods.

Students choose at least one more advanced elective from the following list, subject to the approval of the Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis steering committee:

Bio 5014 Biotech Industry Innovators (Spring)
Bio 5053 Immunobiology I (Fall)
Bio 5054 Immunobiology II (Spring)
Bio 5146 Principles and Applications of Biological Imaging, 3.0 (Spring)
Bio 5224 Molecular, Cell and Organ Systems, 3.0 (Spring)
Bio 5312 Macromolecular Interactions, 3.0 (Spring)
Bio 5319 Molecular Foundations of Medicine (Fall)

Bio 5352 Developmental Biology, 3.0 (Spring)
Bio 5357 Chemistry and Physics of Biological Molecules
Bio 5476 Modeling Biomolecular Systems I, 3.0 (Spring)
Bio 5477 Modeling Biomolecular Systems II, 3.0 (Fall)
Bio 5488 Genomics, 3.0, with lab 4.0 (Spring)
Bio 5491 Advanced Genetics, 3.0 (Spring)
Bio 5495 Computational Molecular Biology, 3.0 (Fall)
CSE 502N Fundamentals of Computer Science, 3.0 (Spring)

By the end of the 3rd year, students also complete four credits of special topics courses and journal clubs (two of the four credits must be in special topics courses). Special topics courses can be chosen from the following list:

Bio 5065 Cell Biology of the Stress Response, 2.0 (Fall)
Bio 5069 Expanding the Central Dogma: Detours between Genome and Proteome, 2.0 (Fall)
Bio 5142 Cell & Molecular Biology of Bone, 2.0 (Fall/Spring)
Bio 5144 Signal Transduction in Human Biology, 2.0 (Spring of odd # years)
Bio 5191 Pathobiology of Human Disease States, 2.0 -limited enrollment (Fall) Markey Pathway
Bio 5196 Special Emphasis Pathway in Cancer Biology, 2.0 (every other Spring) Cancer Pathway
Bio 5282 Chromatin Structure and Gene Expression, 2.0 (Spring-offered every 3rd yr)
Bio 5288 Special Topics in Molecular Genetics, 2.0 (Spring of even # years) Cancer Pathway
Bio 5318 DNA Repair 2.0 (Spring)
Bio 5381 Mechanisms of Protein Targeting & Intercompartmental Transport, 1.0 (Spring of even # years)
Bio 5426 ID Gateway: Translational and Public Health Aspects of Basic Infectious Disease Research, 2.0 (Spring)
Bio 5493 Subversive Genetics, 2.0 (Fall)

Students participate in journal clubs organized by several laboratories with overlapping interests. Such journal clubs include:

Bio 5123 Experimental Hematopoiesis Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5128 Cell Biology of Extracellular Matrix Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5132 Cell Motility and Cytoskeleton Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5137 Ion Channels Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5138 Molecular Mechanism of Aging Journal Club 1.0
Bio 5192 Cancer Biology Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5235 Genetics Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5255 Experimental Skeletal Biology Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5284 Current Research in Chromatin, Epigenetics and Nuclear Organization, 1.0
Bio 5393 Molecular Virology Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5397 Current Literature in Microbiology, 1.0

Bio 5412 Tropical and Molecular Parasitology, 0.5 (attend Fall/Spring, 1.0 credit)
Bio 5417 Hematology/Oncology Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5443 Nucleic Acids & Nucleic Acid Protein Interactions Journal Club, 1.0 (Fall only)
Bio 5481 Student Run Molecular Genetics Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5484 Genetics & Development of C. Elegans Journal Club, 1.0
Bio 5486 Classic Experiments in Molecular Biology, 1.0 (Spring only)
Bio 5496 Seminar in Computational Molecular Biology Journal Club, 1.0

Students are required to complete a qualifying examination by February 1 of the second year of study.

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