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The graduate program in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy offers research training opportunities in the dynamic field of cell biology. The department has strong collaborative ties with many of the research centers, institutes and clinical departments on campus and offers a rich environment for scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Students are graduate research assistants and have the opportunity to pursue research that covers the continuum of development, normal processes, disease/degeneration and death. Some of our faculty investigate polarity and patterning in developing organisms. Other faculty members study mechanisms of protection, repair and regeneration related to diseases of the kidney, bone, breast, visual and auditory systems and the central nervous system. A broad array of genetic, molecular, cell biological, and biochemical tools are used in vivo and in vitro studies of multiple model systems including rodents, zebrafish, drosophila. There are numerous substantive interactions with clinicians offering myriad opportunities for translational research.
Students who obtain the PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Cellular Biology and Anatomy are poised to pursue post-doctoral research in universities and research institutes across the US and beyond. Owing to the strong background in the fundamentals of cell biological approaches to organisms, students are equally attractive to industry and biotechnology companies. For those interested in pursuing academic careers that combine research and teaching, students not only build upon their research experiences, but are afforded opportunities to participate in teaching within the medical school curriculum (serving as teaching assistants in histology, anatomy, neuroanatomy/neuroscience). Students have the opportunity to take advantage of education experiences offered at the nearby GRU undergraduate (Summerville) campus that can include non-science fields such as business or education.
First-year Ph.D. students are admitted via a common admissions process to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. program, not a specific major. After completing first-year core course work and laboratory rotations, the student chooses a dissertation research mentor and enters one of nine Ph.D. majors based on that faculty member’s program affiliation. In each program, students complete a Ph.D. dissertation based on original research. Each student’s program of study is unique and the time to completion varies. On average, completion of the Ph.D. program requires approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study.
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Biomedical Sciences Admission
Students accepted as full time students into the program may be eligible for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which provides a competitive stipend ($24,000 for the 2013/2014 academic year) as well as a reduced tuition fee of only $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants also receive, at no cost to them, single-person health insurance under the GRU student group policy. Continuation of an assistantship is contingent on the availability of funds and on satisfactory academic progress. Students are responsible for paying standard required student fees each semester.