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    May 30, 2023  
2013-2014 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Cellular Biology and Anatomy

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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.

Career Information

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.

Admissions Information

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 

Financial Support

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.

Second Year and Beyond: Cellular Biology and Anatomy Advanced Curriculum

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years. The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Cellular Biology and Anatomy program as well as courses in other disciplines.

Cellular Biology and Anatomy Required Courses

Elective Course Options (Minimum of three credit hours)

  • Advanced course in another discipline or biomedical science major (selections require approval from mentor and program director)  

Additional Requirements:

In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development and approval of a research proposal, writing and approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details. 

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