Cell Biology & Physiology

Program Overview

The Cell Biology and Physiology Curriculum encompasses the fields of cell biology, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal and respiratory physiology, neurobiology, cellular signal transduction, endocrinology, and cancer.  These broad research areas expose graduate students to both cellular and integrative system-level physiology in order to develop a strong understanding of human physiology and mechanisms of disease.  The Cell Biology and Physiology Curriculum provides our students a rigorous, individually-tailored educational experience to prepare them for research and teaching careers in the biomedical sciences. This graduate program provides a forum for graduate students to learn current modern concepts and to develop the skills necessary to formulate and analyse sophisticated strategies for analysis of contemporary problems in cell biology and physiology.  Based on a strong foundation of coursework in cell biology and physiology, students will further complement their training by selecting courses in bioinformatics/statistics, genetics, pharmacology, immunology and/or biochemistry that best support and enhance their specific area of research interest.  Dissertation research enables students to apply these tools to a problem of intellectual and biomedical interest.  Students receive strong training in the scientific process and apply their skills to probe the mechanistic basis of biological problems at the molecular, cellular, and systems levels.  A strong emphasis will be placed on career development, such as oral and written presentation skills, and mentoring students in a way that enables them to explore the diverse job opportunities available to them in the post-graduate biomedical workforce. Graduates will be well prepared to continue their research careers in a number of academic disciplines.

CBP Curriculum Requirements and Training Activities

Coursework:

The Cell Biology & Physiology Curriculum is very flexible and students must pass 5, one-semester classes, which includes meeting each of the requirements (a-d), as described below:

(a) Core Cell Biology and Physiology Curriculum (2 classes minimum) (or medical school course equivalents for students enrolled in the MD/PhD dual degree program):

At least one class of:
CBPH 850 Modern Concepts in Cell Biology I- Fall
OR
CBPH 851 Modern Concepts in Cell Biology II-Spring

AND

At least one class of:
CBPH 852 Experimental Physiology of Human Health and Disease-Fall
OR
CBPH 853 Experimental Physiology of Human Health and Disease-Spring

(b) An elective course approved by the DGS.  It is recommended that students choose an elective from CBPH 850, 851, 852, or 853. However, elective courses in genetics, pharmacology, immunology, computational biology, biochemistry, or another discipline that enhances the student’s specific research focus may also be chosen.

(c) A comprehensive Biostatistics Course or module (for example, BBSP 610 or GNET 743 (Data Analysis and Stats) (higher level statistics with programming languages also fulfill this requirement)

(d) 2nd year students and beyond:  Annual enrollment and participation in CBPH 855-fall/856-spring:   Career and Research Enhancement Seminar (CaRES), which includes the Presentation and Grant Writing components of the CaRES Course in Year 2.

Additional Requirements:

Years 2 and beyond: