What an exhilarating time to begin graduate study in biomedical research! The explosion in new discoveries coupled to rapid advances in technology make it possible to tackle virtually any fundamental biological question that motivates you. Many of the most exciting developments have been made working at the interface between two (or more) disciplines. For this reason, today’s scientific researchers need to be collaborative, communicative, and imaginative. We develop these professional qualities in each of our 14 graduate programs starting from your first weeks in BBSP. Explore this Prospective Students section for details about how the BBSP structure can be tailored to your specific goals.
What makes graduate study at UNC so special? In large part it’s the community of outstanding students and faculty working together. We recognize the integral role our diverse graduate student population plays in the research enterprise, and students are involved in internationally competitive projects from the beginning – no waiting on the sidelines for you! For this reason many of UNC’s outstanding contributions to the frontiers of knowledge are the discoveries of dedicated and talented graduate students.
UNC Chapel Hill ranks 9th nationally in NIH funding (2012), and many of our individual departments and graduate programs are ranked in the top 10 as well. We attract the best and brightest faculty, and we house the most sophisticated equipment in modern core facilities. Our distinguished faculty are international leaders, members of the National Academy of Sciences, NIH Merit Award winners, and a 2007 Nobel laureate (Oliver Smithies). Visit our Current Students News section for a sampling of high-impact student achievements and our Research & Faculty section to see the tremendous breadth and depth of research pursued at UNC.
Our graduates hold leadership positions in multiple professions: academia, biotechnology, public policy, education, scientific writing, and more. Becoming a top-notch independent scientist requires more than strong experimental skills however. We have established an extensive network of professional development resources to support you throughout your graduate training. These resources include specialized certificate programs, guidance with proposal writing, and career counseling. Explore the Professional Development (TIBBS) and Diversity & Outreach sections for more information about career support and unique growth opportunities .
All of these elements come together in Chapel Hill with its natural beauty, pleasant weather, diverse cultural offerings, and relaxed living environment. I invite you to explore this website to see how UNC will launch your unique scientific career.
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Peter Thompson and colleagues (Campbell lab, Biochemistry & Biophysics) published a study using a combination of structural biology, computational modeling, electron microscoy and cell biology to explore mechanisms of cell movement.
Marty Whittle (Johnson lab, Pharmacology) co-developed a novel proteomic strategy that revealed how cancer cells adapt to protein kinase inhibitors. (Duncan, Whittle, et al. Cell 2012).
Jeremy Simon (Davis lab, Bioinformatics &Computational Biology) linked mutations in genes that affect chromatin modifying enzymes to altered DNA accessibility and widespread alterations of mRNA processing in kidney cancer (Simon et al., Genome Research 2013).
Angela Mitchell (Samulski lab, Microbiology & Immunology) developed an improved method for generating adeno-associated viral vectors to be used in gene therapy efforts (Mitchell and Samulski, J. Virology 2013) while simultaneously teaching bacterial genetics.
Brigid Hast (Major lab, Cell & Developmental Biology) analyzed a protein interaction network to uncover a link to perturbed signaling regulation in lung cancer (Hast et al., Cancer Research 2013).
Kathryn Kohl (Sekelsky lab, Genetics & Molecular Biology) identified a novel mechanism that promotes meiotic chromosome crossovers. (Kohl et al., Science 2012).
Marta Charpentier (Conlon lab, Genetics & Molecular Biology) discovered how a specific transcription factor controls blood vessel development (Charpentier et al., Developmental Cell 2013).
Maria Aleman (Wolberg lab, Molecular & Cellular Pathology) co-chaired a session and presented her work at the 2013 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis conference in Amsterdam.
Rachel Baker (Campbell & Dohlman labs, Biochemistry & Biophysics) discovered the structural basis of ras oncoprotein activation by a particular covalent post-translational modification (Baker et al., Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 2013).
Corey Cusack (Deshmukh lab, Neurobiology), identified two independent molecular pathways that control axon pruning vs neural apoptosis (Cusack et al. Nature Communications 2013).
Josh Jennings (Stuber lab, Neurobiology) discovered a brain circuit that bidirectionally controls reward and anxiety. (Jennings et al., Nature 2013).
Alice Stamatakis (Stuber lab, Neurobiology) used optogenetics to identify a neural circuit transmitting reward and aversive-related information to dopamine neurons. Stamatakis & Stuber, Nature Neuroscience, 2012