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



Students must pass at least five graduate-level courses, which includes meeting each of the requirements (a-d), as described below:

(a) Core Cell Biology and Physiology Curriculum includes the following courses (or medical school course equivalents for students enrolled in the MD/PhD dual degree program):
CBPH 893 Modern Concepts in Cell Biology I- Fall (CBPH 850 effective Fall 2017)
CBPH 894 Modern Concepts in Cell Biology II-Spring (CBPH 851 effective Spring 2017)
CBPH 702 Experimental Physiology of Human Health and Disease-Fall (CBPH 852 effective Fall 2017)
CBPH 703 Experimental Physiology of Human Health and Disease-Spring (CBPH 853 effective Spring 2017)

*At a minimum, students must matriculate and pass 1 semester of CBPH 893/894 AND 1 semester of CBPH 702/703. However, students are encouraged to take additional CBPH courses (893/894, 702/703 (effective Fall 2017: 850-853) to fulfill the elective requirement.

(b) A comprehensive Biostatistics Course or module (for example, BBSP 610 or GNET 743 (Data Analysis and Stats)

(c) An elective course approved by the DGS.  It is recommended that students choose an elective from CBPH 893, 894, 702, or 703. However, elective courses in genetics, pharmacology, immunology, computational biology, biochemistry, or another discipline that best supports and enhances the student’s specific research focus may also be chosen.

(d) Enrollment and participation in CBPH 705/706 (CBPH 855/856 effective 2017) Career and Research Enhancement Seminar (CaRES) in Years 2 and beyond, which includes the Presentation and Grant Writing components of the CaRES Course in Year 2.


Additional Requirements:

Years 2 and beyond: