Human Genetics and Genomics, PhD

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The Johns Hopkins Human Genetics Training Program provides a training in all aspects of human genetics and genomics relevant to human biology, health and disease. 

Advances in human genetics and genomics continue at an astounding rate and increasingly they are being integrated into medical practice. The Human Genetics Program aims to educate highly motivated and capable students with the knowledge and experimental tools that will enable them to answer important questions at the interface between genetics and medicine. Ultimately, our trainees will be the leaders in delivering the promise of genetics to human health.

The overall objective of the Human Genetics program is to provide our students with a strong foundation in basic science by exposure to a rigorous graduate education in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and biostatistics as well as a core of medically-related courses selected to provide knowledge of human biology in health and disease. 

This program is also offered as training for medical students in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program.  Students apply to the combined program at the time of application to the M.D. program. (See section entitled Medical Scientist Training Program).

Research Facilities

Research laboratories are well equipped to carry out sophisticated research in all areas of genetics. The proximity to renown clinical facilities of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, including the Department of Genetic Medicine, and Oncology Center provides faculty and students with access to a wealth of material for study. Computer and library facilities are excellent. Laboratories involved in the Human Genetics Program span Johns Hopkins University; consequently supporting facilities are extensive.

Financial Aid

The program is supported by a training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. These fellowships, which are restricted to United States citizens and permanent United States residents, cover tuition, health care insurance and a stipend during year one.  Once a student has joined a thesis lab, all financial responsibilities belong to the mentor.   Students are encouraged, however, to apply for fellowships from outside sources (e.g., the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Scholars Program, Howard Hughes Medical Institute) before entering the program.

Applicants for admission should show a strong academic foundation with coursework in biology, chemistry and quantitative analysis.   Applicants are encouraged to have exposure to lab research or to data science.  A bachelor's degree from a qualified college or university will be required for matriculation.  GREs are no longer required.

The Human Genetics site has up-to-date information on “ How to Apply .” For questions not addressed on these pages, please access the contact imformation listed on the program page: Human Genetics and Genomics Training Program | Johns Hopkins Department of Genetic Medicine (hopkinsmedicine.org) .

Program Requirements

The program includes the following required core courses: Advanced Topics in Human Genetics, Evolving Concept of the Gene, Molecular Biology and Genomics, Cell Structure and Dynamics, Computational Bootcamp,  Pathways and Regulation, Genomic Technologies, Rigor and Reproducibility in Research, and Systems, Genes and Mechanisms of Disease. Numerous elective courses are available and are listed under sponsoring departments.

Our trainees must take a minimum of four electives, one of which must provide computational/statistical training.

The HG program requires the “OPTIONS” Career Curriculum offered by the Professional Development and Career Office.  OPTIONS is designed to provide trainees with the skills for career building and the opportunity for career exploration as well as professional development training

Human Genetics trainees also take a two-week course in July at the Jackson Labs in Bar Harbor, Maine entitled "Human and Mammalian Genetics and Genomics: The McKusick Short Course" which covers the waterfront from basic principles to the latest developments in mammalian genetics. The faculty numbers about 50 and consists roughly in thirds of JAX faculty, Hopkins faculty and “guest” faculty comprising outstanding mammalian geneticists from other US universities and around the world.

The courses offered by the faculty of the program are listed below. All courses are open to graduate students from any university program as well as selected undergraduates with permission of the course director.

Trainees must complete three research rotations before deciding on their thesis lab.  They must also participate in the Responsible Conduct of Research sessions offered by the Biomedical Program; starting at year 3, students must attend at least two Research Integrity Colloquium lectures per year. 

Our trainees participate in weekly journal clubs, department seminars, monthly Science & Pizza presentations as well as workshops given twice a year on diversity, identity and culture.

At the end of the second year, trainees take their Doctoral Board Oral Examination.  Annual thesis committee meetings must be held following successful completion of this exam.

Average time for completion is 5.3 years.

Graduates from the Human Genetics program pursue careers in academia, medicine, industry, teaching, government, law, as well the private sector.  Our trainees are encouraged to explore the full spectrum of professional venues in which their training my provide a strong foundation. Driven by curiosity and a desire for excellence, our trainees stand out as leaders in the chosen arenas of professional life. They are supported in the development of their career plans by a program faculty and administration who are dedicated to their success, and by a myriad of support networks across the Johns Hopkins University, many of which are provided by the Professional Development Career Office of the School of Medicine.

Ph.D. Program

Graduate studies.

The Genetics Ph.D. program provides opportunities for graduate study in all major areas of modern genetics, including identification and analysis of human disease genes, molecular evolution, gene therapy, statistical genetics, application of model organisms to problems in biology and medicine, and computational and experimental approaches to genome biology.

An underlying theme in our Department is that genetics is not merely a set of tools but a coherent and fruitful way of thinking about biology and medicine. To this end, we emphasize a spectrum of approaches based on molecules, organisms, populations, and genomes.

We provide training through laboratory rotations, dissertation research, seminar series, didactic and interactive coursework, and an annual three-day retreat.

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Students receive a competitive stipend ($51,600) for the 2023-24 Academic Year), tuition, health insurance, and a dental care stipend for a full four years. We also encourage students to seek additional fellowships, including but not limited to: NSF GRFP , NIH F31 , NDSEG , Stanford Bio-X fellowship , Stanford DARE , and Stanford CEHG Fellowship .

Lab Rotations

Students rotate through 3 laboratories during their first year in the Genetics Graduate Program. While most students start in Fall Quarter, students are encouraged to consider participating in the  Advance Summer Institute  for a smoother early transition into graduate school. There is a nomination & selection process. The department nominates, so if you are interested please let the department student services officer know. The program is not meant to be a source of summer bridge funding or simply an early rotation opportunity. There are many components to the program that require commitment of time and effort and the funding, reflects both the expectation of full participation and belief that participants should be compensated for these efforts. Office of Graduate Education does the selection for ADVANCE. There is no guarantee that if you are nominated that you will be of admitted into ADVANCE.

Rotations typically last one quarter each, but can be less and are contingent upon the faculty member agreeing to the rotation request. All Genetics students must rotate with at least 1 Genetics faculty member (primary or secondary appointment). Other rotations may be done with any Bioscience faculty.

While students may select a thesis laboratory after completing their third rotation, you can do more Selection of the dissertation research laboratory must be done with the faculty member's approval. Prior to committing to a dissertation laboratory, students are invited to discuss their selection with the Graduate Program Director. Students are welcome to join labs outside of the Genetics Department; if so, they will discuss with the Graduate Program Director whether transferring into that department would be beneficial.

Dissertation Research

Once a student selects a permanent laboratory, they begin their dissertation research that will last for approximately four years. All students are expected to publish at least one first-author paper about their research during this time period, and the work culminates with a thesis defense presentation and written dissertation. See the Genetics Student Handbook for more information.

Coursework, Qualifying Exams, and other Requirements

Students in the Genetics Graduate Program take the Qualifying Examination in the Fall Quarter of their second year of study. There are two parts to the exam, a written research proposal and an oral examination.

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Service Requirement

Service and outreach are a critical component of a student’s development as a scientist, and offer unique opportunities to learn by interacting with individuals outside the Department. Students are expected to participate in a minimum of 60 hours of service and/or outreach work prior to defending their dissertation.

Supplementary Educational Activities

In addition to your courses, qualifying exams, and dissertation, the Genetics Department has arranged additional educational activities for students. These regularly occurring meetings are:

Current Issues in Genetics (CIG) Two people from the Genetics Department give 20-25 minute presentations about their current work at this weekly Friday meeting. Students in their third year and above are expected to present their work annually. This series gives students the chance to learn about the range of science going on in the department and provides a great opportunity to give formal presentations to peers and colleagues. 

Graduate Student Journal Club This weekly journal club is organized completely by graduate students from the Genetics and Developmental Biology Departments. At each meeting, one or two graduate students lead 30 minute discussions on their choice of a recent journal article. For the first three years of the Ph.D. program, each student presents once per academic year.

Refreshments are provided by the graduate students and reimbursed up to the current year limit. Reimbursement requires an original receipt to the Student Services Coordinator.

Frontiers in Biology  Every week, the Departments of Genetics, Developmental Biology, and Biochemistry host an external speaker through the “Frontiers in Biology” seminar series. First year students also take a course related to this seminar (GENE 215), where they discuss a relevant paper the day before and meet the speaker after the presentation. 

Frontiers is held most Wednesdays at 4pm in Clark Auditorium.

Other Seminar Series There are many other regular seminar series on campus that students choose to attend. Some of the most popular include:

Center of Law and the Biosciences lunchtime talks. See CLB events calendar or subscribe to the listserv

Evolgenome (organized by CEHG). See CEHG website or subscribe to the listserv

Teaching and Mentoring Academy Events. See TMA website or subscribe to the listserv

Discussing Developmental Data (3D). See events schedule

Biomedical Seminars. See events schedule or subscribe to the listserv

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The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs maintains a list of open postdoctoral positions. This site also provides useful information to those considering postdoctoral positions at Stanford.

Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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The Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program (GMCB) offers strong interdisciplinary training across a spectrum of fundamental biomedical areas, including classical and molecular genetics; structural & chemical Biology; and cell & developmental biology.

The GMCB program participates fully in the MS in Biomedical Research .

Our faculty of over 100 offer research opportunities applying these fundamentals to a wide range of disease areas, such as cancer, cardiovascular biology, musculoskeletal disorders, and eye disease.

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Opportunities to train at different sites

GMCB offers students a unique mix of training sites. Many of our faculty are located on the Health Science Campus of Tufts University in downtown Boston. However, GMCB includes faculty on the Tufts Medford Campus in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering as well as at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, MA.

Our students also have the opportunity to train at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine through the Mammalian Genetics at JAX track

Students can also train at MaineHealth Research Institute in Scarborough, Maine.

GMCB Admissions

Students seeking admission to the  Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Biology program apply to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Most successful applicants have had significant research experience and completed courses in biology and related sciences in college.

Students interested in the Mammalian Genetics at JAX track must select this track when they apply.

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GMCB Curriculum

Our curriculum is grounded in the fundamentals of genetics and molecular biology and cell biology. Students acquire a firm grounding in fundamentals while obtaining the knowledge to attack contemporary biomedical problems in these areas.

Students conduct three laboratory rotations and begin their thesis research by the end of May of their first year.

Students benefit from an interactive faculty, experienced in mentoring and are also advised by a thesis committee expert in their area of research.

Seminar-based Courses

GMCB students enjoy a robust seminar program with speakers from laboratories across the world.

Our students also receive training and mentoring in presenting their research and have opportunities to present their data in beginning in their first year.

Journal clubs supplement the learning experience and help students become familiar with reading the research literature.

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Our students come from across the US and the world and are pursuing a wide range of thesis projects.

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Publication of research is a key part of training and our students publish their work in excellent journals.

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Molecular and Cellular Biology

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In this interdisciplinary program, you will interact with students and faculty who have diverse backgrounds in chemistry, marine biology, computational biology, and others. The skills you will learn in your first year include coding, how to write fellowships, and how to give scientific talks to a non-science audience. You will begin bonding with your small cohort of fellow students with an annual trip to Cape Cod to talk about science at the beginning of the academic year.

Dissertations that students have completed include "Characterization of the epigenetic regulator LSD1 as a Druggable Dependency in Treatment of Resistant Melanoma" and "Circadian Clocks in the Real World: Effects of Dynamic Light Regimes on the Regulation of Circadian Gene Expression in Cyanobacteria."

Graduates have secured positions in industry with companies such as Google, Genentech, and Novartis. Others serve in academic positions at many prestigious schools including Harvard, Caltech, Stanford, and MIT among others.

Additional information on the graduate program is available from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology , and requirements for the degree are detailed in Policies .

Areas of Study

Molecules, Cells, and Organisms

Admissions Requirements

Please review admissions requirements and other information before applying. You can find degree program-specific admissions requirements below and access additional guidance on applying from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology .

Academic Background

Applicants should have a record of introductory courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. While the following courses should not be regarded as prerequisites for admission to graduate study, most admitted students have completed these courses as undergraduates:

  • Biology (at least one general course in biology and two terms of biology at a more advanced level)
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Physics (a general course)
  • Mathematics (a basic knowledge of differential and integral calculus). Competence in elementary programming is also desirable.
  • Laboratory in biology, biochemistry, or instrumental analysis.

Statement of Purpose

Describe your reasons and motivations for pursuing a graduate degree in your chosen degree program, noting the experiences that shaped your research ambitions, indicating briefly your career objectives and concisely stating your past work in your intended field of study and in related fields. Your statement should not exceed 1,000 words.

In addition to the above guidance, your statement of purpose should also address the following questions:

  • The focus of this question should be a discovery in which you had substantial engagement and personal impact on the research. Do not reference a large group project simply because it was interesting. 
  • If you have not had significant research experience, please describe a scientific discovery that motivated you to pursue research. 
  • Using simple language, describe what you or others did, why, and what it means.
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  • Choose two MCO faculty members that you are interested to work with and explain why using a specific example from their published work.

Standardized Tests

GRE General: Not Accepted iBT TOEFL preferred minimum score: 100 IELTS preferred minimum score: 7

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The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley offers a Ph.D. program focused on the molecular mechanisms inherent to life. This program integrates research with a modern training curricula, teaching, and career mentorship. Our Department is highly interdisciplinary - comprising the Divisions of Cell Biology, Development & Physiology, Immunology and Molecular Medicine, Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology, and Genetics, Genomics, and Development – and this is reflected in our students and training. The program is also highly collaborative with related programs and Institutes on campus, thus allowing students the flexibility to explore all aspects of modern biological research. Please click on the links below to learn more about our areas of research on the main department website or use the menu at the top to navigate to areas of interest within the graduate program.

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Biomed: molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry.

The graduate program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental program that offers students excellent preparation for a career that includes research in biological and medical sciences.

The mission of the Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry Graduate Program (MCBGP) is to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive training environment in which a diverse group of PhD students will successfully gain quantitative, conceptual, technical, and professional skills that will allow them to conduct the rigorous and reproducible research demanded by interdisciplinary life science. Our goal is to make fundamental contributions to understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for cellular, organ, and organismal function. We apply our findings to detect and treat human disease and to many other challenges that biotechnology can address.

The MCBGP draws faculty trainers from five departments within the Program in Biology (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry; Molecular Microbiology and Immunology; Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology; and Neuroscience), four departments within the Warren Alpert Medical School (Medicine; Pathology; Orthopaedics and Pediatrics), and from the Chemistry, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics departments.

During their first two years in the program, students engage in training activities designed to build research and professional skills. During the first year, advising is overseen by the program leadership, which includes a director, an assistant director, and a director for inclusion and diversity. Students complete three laboratory rotations and then join a thesis lab and begin to work with their primary advisor at the end of the first year. Thesis advisors are  committed to effectively mentoring graduate students and provide opportunities for students to initiate, conduct, interpret, and present research with increasing self-direction.

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MCBGP students have access to excellent core facilities that provide training and support in the areas of bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, imaging, and genetic analysis of model organisms.

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Proficiency in core areas of biochemistry, cellular biology, developmental biology, and molecular genetics through a common first semester core course and seminars that develop breadth in areas such as gene structure and expression, signal transduction, virology, biology of aging, epigenetics, genomics, structural biology, RNA metabolism, protein folding and function, cancer biology, and developmental biology; one semester of teaching; research seminars and rotations in three different laboratories leading to a potential thesis project.

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Molecular & Cell Biology PhD

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology offers a program of graduate study leading to the PhD in molecular and cell biology. This program provides advanced training in the research methods and concepts of the study of the molecular structures and processes of cellular life. The training is intellectually focused, but at the same time offers an unusually wide range of opportunities for varied disciplinary specialization.

The teaching and research activities of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) concern the molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms.

This agenda covers a broad range of specialized disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, structural biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology, tumor biology, microbiology, immunology, molecular medicine, and neurobiology.

The types of living organisms from which the departmental faculty draws its working materials are as diverse as its disciplinary specializations, ranging from viruses and microbes through plants, roundworms, annelids, arthropods, and mollusks to fish, amphibia, and mammals.

The faculty is organized into six divisions: Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology; Cell Biology, Development, and Physiology; Genetics, Genomics, Evolution, and Development; Immunology and Molecular Medicine; Neurobiology; and Molecular Therapeutics.

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November 27, 2023

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Cell and Molecular Biology

The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group (CAMB) is an interdisciplinary graduate program, providing rigorous training in modern cell and molecular biology, preparing students for leadership careers in biomedical research. Within this integrated program are six discipline areas:  Cancer Biology ;  Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism ;  Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology ;  Gene Therapy and Vaccines ;  Genetics and Epigenetics ; and  Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology . Program faculty include more than 300 scientists representing 35 departments from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Wistar Institute and Fox Chase Cancer Center. The research efforts of these scientists are diverse in their focus, experimental system, methodology, and represent the leading edge of basic and translational biomedical science.

Students from colleges and universities around the nation and the world are enrolled in the program, selecting one discipline area based on their scientific interests, yet have access to the full breadth of curricular and research opportunities provided by this large and diverse program. Our students participate in core courses in cell and molecular biology, specialized coursework in one or more discipline areas, and original hypothesis-driven thesis research. Upon completion of the PhD, they pursue successful research careers at top academic institutions, in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and in other biomedicine-related career paths.

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The Program in Genetics and Epigenetics provides students an opportunity to undertake concentrated study in the areas of model organism genetics, human genetics, transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation, epigenetics, genomics and bioinformatics. Program faculty include members of the Genetics Department, Epigenetics Program, and other basic science and clinical departments at Penn, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Wistar Institute. Students also have the opportunity to undertake training in the application of computational and modeling approaches in genetics, epigenetics and genomics. 

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PhD in Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

Make discoveries at the frontiers of molecular genetics and cell biology with a PhD from UNMC.

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Why Study Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology?

The opportunities in the fields of genetics and molecular biology are remarkable. The wealth of genetic information and the potential to use this information for developing novel medical therapies and diagnostic procedures is unprecedented.

As a molecular genetics and cell biology researcher, you'll study the genetics of human disease, cancer cell biology and genetics, developmental biology and stem cells in disease and development. You'll have opportunities to perform cutting-edge biomedical research using multidisciplinary strategies.

Why Study Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology at UNMC?

UNMC's intensive Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology doctoral program is an innovative interdisciplinary community of scientists committed to training the next generation of scientists.

We will train you to conduct rigorous and interdisciplinary research focused on understanding the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of normal development as well as disease pathogenesis. 

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Multidisciplinary approach.

You'll have the opportunity to explore a wide range of research disciplines and approaches. More than 70 faculty members from 15 colleges, departments and/or institutes participate in Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology, including:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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  • Eppley Institute
  • Genetics Cell Biology and Anatomy
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  • Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
  • Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
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Research track.

You'll study the fundamentals of biomolecules, genetics and genomics, and receptors and cell signaling. Teaching and research presentation skills also are stressed. As part of three electives, you'll choose either Tools and Algorithms in Bioinformatics or Modern Approaches in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics.

Anatomy Teaching Track

The core curriculum includes Fundamentals in Genetics and Genomics, Molecular Cell Biology, Human Histology, Neuroanatomy Lab, Gross Anatomy Laboratory, and Teaching and Research Presentation Skills, as well as teaching practicums.

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Our graduates enter into a variety of careers in academia, industry and government service. Our students have obtained postdoctoral positions at highly ranked academic institutions.

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About the PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program

In the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD program, faculty, and students work together to increase knowledge of the biochemical and molecular bases of normal and abnormal cellular processes. Our program trains students to be successful independent scientists and gives them the knowledge, research training, and leadership skills to continue to provide new insights into the biomedical issues that have a profound impact on public health.

Students engage in a rigorous course curriculum and a range of structured and informal activities outside the classroom and lab to build their skills. They will pursue their thesis research in the lab of one of our over forty training faculty across the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Visit our dedicated PhD program website to learn more about the diverse research training opportunities of the program.

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program Highlights

Our position within the School of Public Health provides a unique setting in which students learn how biochemistry, molecular biology, physical chemistry, cell biology, and genetics can be used to solve significant problems in public health and medicine. Our program offers:

  • Training faculty from across the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine
  • A strong grounding in the science of biomedical and public health research through a core curriculum that includes courses taught by leading experts from the Schools of Public Health and Medicine
  • Training outside the lab and classroom in key skills such as communications and leadership
  • Opportunities to build strong communications skills through a range of speaking venues including journal club, research colloquium, department retreats, and national meetings
  • Access to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Professional Development and Career Office , offering excellent career services and professional development,  including the BMB-required OPTIONS program, a guided process of career exploration for paths from medicine to biotech to academia and beyond for careers paths from medicine to biotech to academia and beyond
  • Opportunities to participate in community service and outreach, with a focus on our East Baltimore neighborhoods, through the Johns Hopkins University community engagement and service-learning center, SOURCE

Training faculty across the School of Public Health and the School of Medicine

Schools that students can take courses in: Public Health, Arts & Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering

Two-month rotations in the first year prior to selecting thesis lab

Average number of incoming students in the BMB PhD degree program each year

What Can You Do With a PhD In Biochemistry And Molecular Biology?

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD program prepares students for a range of biomedical and health sciences careers, including in academia, industry, policy, and beyond.

Sample Careers

  • Research Scientist
  • Science Policy Adviser
  • Biotech Executive
  • Senior Scientist
  • Patent Lawyer
  • Science Policy Analyst/Advocate
  • Science Writer/Journalist
  • Biological Sciences Teacher

Topic Areas

The BMB PhD program faculty conduct research to gain new insights into the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal cellular processes, and their relevance as targets for improving health and treating disease. Our training program places particular emphasis on mechanistic approaches to research problems.

Common topic areas within our faculty's diverse research interests include:

  • Biophysics and Structural Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Chemical Biology and Proteomics
  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular Stress and Cell Signaling
  • Genetics, Genomics, and Gene Regulation
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases
  • Translational Research

Curriculum for the PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The BMB PhD offers students a rigorous course curriculum, including a set of common core classes from the Schools of Public Health and Medicine. A rich array of seminar programs and journal clubs are also available to all students.

Browse an overview of the requirements for this PhD program in the JHU  Academic Catalogue  and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School  Course Directory .

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Seminars on current research presented by experts from across Johns Hopkins and other biomedical research institutions

Courses available across Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Arts and Sciences

Admissions Requirements

For the general admissions requirements see our How to Apply page. The specific program also requires:

Prior Work Experience

Laboratory research experience (from academia, industry, etc.) is required

Prior Coursework

Strong background in the sciences, particularly in chemistry, biochemistry, or biology

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions.  Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Program Faculty Spotlight

Ashani Weeraratna

Ashani T. Weeraratna

Ashi Weeraratna, PhD, studies how cancer cells move to distant sites and how changes in the normal cells around a tumor contribute to their movement, especially as we age.

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Michael J. Matunis

Michael Matunis, PhD, studies how protein modification by SUMO—the small ubiquitin-related modifier—drives changes in key cellular pathways from stress response to DNA repair.

Jennifer Kavran

Jennifer M. Kavran

Jennifer Kavran, PhD, MS, MPhil, is a biophysicist who investigates how cells communicate with each other and their environment.

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Danfeng Cai

Danfeng Cai, PhD, combines advanced microscopy, genomics, and proteomics to tease out the functions of protein condensates in cells, with a focus on cancer.

Vivien Thomas PhD Scholars

The  Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI)  is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically Black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. To be considered for the VTSI, you will need to submit a SOPHAS application, VTSI supplementary materials, and all supporting documents (letters, transcripts, and test scores) by December 1 , 202 3 . VTSI applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver , but the fee waiver must be requested by November 15, 202 3 and prior to submission of the SOPHAS application.

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All full-time PhD students receive the following support for all years of the program: full tuition and fees, individual health insurance, University Health Services fee, vision insurance, dental insurance, and a stipend for living expenses for students who remain in good academic standing. PhD students are required to serve as a teaching assistant for at least one term, in either their 2nd or 3rd year.

Need-Based Relocation Grants Students who  are admitted to PhD programs at JHU starting in Fall 2023 or beyond can apply to receive a $1500 need-based grant to offset the costs of relocating to be able to attend JHU.   These grants provide funding to a portion of incoming students who, without this money, may otherwise not be able to afford to relocate to JHU for their PhD program. This is not a merit-based grant. Applications will be evaluated solely based on financial need.  View more information about the need-based relocation grants for PhD students .

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Mike Matunis, PhD PhD Program Director

Roza Selimyan , PhD BMB Executive Director for Academic Affairs and Education Programs

Erika Vaitekunas Administrative Specialist

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Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

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  • Faculty working with students: 64
  • Students: 78
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: November 30

Matt Scaglione, PhD Director of Graduate Studies Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology DUMC Box 3054 Durham, NC 27710

Phone: (919) 684-9152

Email: [email protected]

Website:  http://mgm.duke.edu

Program Description

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology graduate program trains young researchers to solve fundamental problems in microbiology and genetics. Research in the program spans both model and pathogenic organisms and the full spectrum of genetics from unicellular to multicellular eukaryotic organisms, including bacteria, fungi, C. elegans, zebrafish, stickleback fish, mice, and humans. Interdisciplinary centers associated with the program include the Center for Host-Microbial Interactions, the Center for Virology, the Division of Human Genetics, the Center for RNA Biology, and the Duke Microbiome Center. There is also focus on chromosome biology; DNA repair and surveillance; neuronal development, function and dysfunction in diverse models; as well as next-generation genomic and computational approaches to these questions. In addition to course work, training and interactions are supported by student-centered activities in a diverse, supportive community that includes students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty.

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Application Information

Application Terms Available:  Fall

Application Deadline:  November 30

Graduate School Application Requirements See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE General: Optional
  • GRE Subject tests (Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology): Optional This program does not require applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or other graduate entrance exam scores, but does allow you to upload scores if you feel they enhance your application. If you choose to submit test scores, you may enter them on the Test Scores page. If you choose to enter self-reported test scores, official test scores will become a required component of your application.
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)

Writing Sample None required

Additional Components Optional Video Essay: How would a Duke PhD training experience help you achieve your academic and professional goals? Max video length 2 minutes; record externally and provide URL in application.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance

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Graduate Studies in Molecular Genetics

Welcome to the Graduate Program in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Ohio State University!

The Graduate Program in Molecular Genetics gives graduate students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in molecular biology at one of the premier research institutions in the country. Our faculty use diverse model systems to explore questions of fundamental interest to basic biology and human disease. Our graduates go on to diverse and productive scientific careers in a variety of research areas

The graduate faculty  in the department study a wide range of exciting problems in molecular genetics. The breadth of faculty interests and expertise will ensure that any graduate student will receive a stellar education and will be exposed to research questions which align with their interests and hone their skills. 

Program Overview

The Graduate Program in Molecular Genetics offers a course of study and research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Our program provides a full spectrum of research training opportunities with the underlying common theme of  Molecular Genetics.  Research in individual faculty laboratories focuses on fundamental questions in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. 

A wide range of model organisms  and genetic systems are employed in the ongoing research efforts. The use of models allows powerful genetic and molecular approaches to be applied to the various biological problems being studied. The goal of our graduate program is to train scientists who will be able to establish themselves as independent researchers in academia, government or industry. Meet some of our current graduate students and see where our alumni end up.

Academic Programs

Entering students take a set of Core Courses as well as Laboratory Rotations in the first year of study. The courses provide the core information required for undertaking research in Molecular Genetics, while the lab rotations provide a chance to sample first-hand the types of research being conducted in the Program. The Graduate Studies Committee serves as academic advisor to the incoming students. Both the course work and lab rotations are designed to allow students a chance to experience the "big picture" in the field of Molecular Genetics, as well as supplying the facts needed to make an informed decision for the choice of thesis research advisor. By the end of the first year, incoming students will select a thesis research advisor in whose lab a thesis research project will be conducted.

In the second year, one additional elective course is required, and is selected in consultation with the individual thesis research advisor. However, the major emphasis for the students is now on actively pursuing research projects in the lab. During the second year, students typically complete their teaching assistant requirement and form thesis advisory committees. Thesis advisory committees are composed of the major advisor and at least three additional faculty members who serve to guide the student through this part of the training program. By the end of summer of their second year, students take the Candidacy Examination. The Candidacy Exam is composed of both written and oral portions. After passing this examination, the student is officially considered a PhD candidate.  Beginning in the third year, students formally present their research project progress at least once a year. In years 3 and 5, these talks are given on a single day at the annual Scott Falkenthal Memorial Graduate Student Colloquium. This Colloquium brings together the entire department, providing a forum for the exchange of data and ideas. By completing several public presentations to the Molecular Genetics community our students are well prepared for presentations at national meetings and for job or postdoctoral interviews.

Because of the nature of scientific research, the exact time required to complete the entire Graduate Program is variable, but on average it takes five to six years. 

Genetics PhD

Interested in earning a genetics phd.

Our goal is to prepare highly selected students for productive research careers in genetics. Because of the central role played by genetics in all biological processes and the vastly expanding applications of genetics to virtually every aspect of modern society we believe that it is as important for our students to develop a broad perspective as it is for them to become experts in a specific area. A broad perspective is indispensable for the formulation of long-term career goals as well as for productive collaborations that have become such an integral part of modern research. While developing a broad base through appropriate courses, first-year students participate in eight-week research rotations in faculty laboratories of their choice. These rotations provide the basis for selecting the area of genetics in which the student will become an expert. Seminar courses occurring each semester focus on current topics in genetics and molecular biology and are presented by investigators within and outside of Emory. We also believe that strong presentation and communication skills are critical to becoming a top-notch scientist. As such, GMB students present periodic progress reports on their own research to the assembled Program. In summary, the GMB graduate program strives to educate and train tomorrow's top geneticists today.

The Student Experience

To provide the basis for advanced research, introductory courses covering both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems are taken in the first year. First-year students obtain practical research training by participating in eight-week rotations in the investigators' laboratories of their choice. These rotations provide the basis for selecting dissertation topics and mentors. After completing the first year, students tailor their curriculum from a large list of specialized courses in genetics and molecular biology, as well as other areas of current biological sciences. All courses emphasize critical thinking, constructive literature evaluation, and presentation skills. Seminar courses occurring each semester focus on current topics in genetics and molecular biology and are presented by investigators within and outside of Emory. Students also present their findings in research-in-progress meetings, which are attended by their peers and the faculty. Student invited speakers, small group teaching experiences, and training in the ethical conduct of research round out the overall list of activities that occur as students conduct research and prepare their dissertation.

Research Opportunities

Research interests of the faculty vary in topic, approach and model organism. This interdepartmental graduate program derives its faculty from eight different departments including those from the departments of Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Human Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacology, and the Winship Cancer Institute. More on Research Opportunities...

Training Opportunities

The graduate program in Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB) at Emory University offers an exciting broad based training in the fields of genetics and molecular biology and their related disciplines of biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology and statistics. Research interests of the faculty vary in topic, approach and model organism. This interdepartmental graduate program derives its faculty from ten different departments including those from the departments of Human Genetics, Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacology, and the Winship Cancer Institute. A wide range of research opportunities in bacterial, viral, human and eukaryotic model system genetics enable students to specialize in their area of interest while obtaining an essential foundation in genetics. Areas of emphasis listed below are supported by state-of-the-art research facilities.

Research programs of the faculty fall into six major areas:

  • Regulation of Gene Expression
  • Development and Differentiation
  • Cancer Genetics and Biology
  • Human and Medical Genetics
  • Bioinformatics and Comparative Genomics
  • Genome Structure, Replication, Recombination And Repair

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A natural single-guide RNA repurposes Cas9 to autoregulate CRISPR-Cas expression

Work by RE Workman and T Pammi from the Modell lab:

CRISPR-Cas systems provide their prokaryotic hosts with acquired immunity against viruses...

Multiplexed monitoring to track single cell signaling dynamics

We highlight the research of the Regot Lab:

A fundamental property of living cells is their extraordinary ability to sense and...

Scalable and versatile genome editing using linear DNAs with microhomology to Cas9 Sites in Caenorhabditis elegans

Work by Alex Paix from the Seydoux Lab:

"Homology-directed repair (HDR) of double-strand DNA breaks is a promising method for genome...

May 18 Rachael Workman Wins Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award

May 18 Two Modell Lab Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Marissa Feeley & Josh Colon

May 15 Congratulations to Dr. Josh Modell, Johns Hopkins Catalyst Awardee

Aug 31 Nicolle Rosa Mercado has been selected as a 2022 HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow

Jul 05 How do early embryonic cells know what type of cells to develop into? An Interview with Luisa Cochella, PhD

Apr 13 Northwestern University Awards 2022 Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science to Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD

Mar 08 This year’s Gruber Prize in Genetics has been awarded to Geraldine Seydoux, Ruth Lehman, and James Priess

Recent Publications

Zhao S, Cordes J, Caban KM, Götz MJ, Mackens-Kiani T, Veltri AJ, Sinha NK, Weickert P, Kaya S, Hewitt G, Nedialkova DD, Fröhlich T, Beckmann R, Buskirk AR, Green R, Stingele J. RNF14-dependent atypical ubiquitylation promotes translation-coupled resolution of RNA-protein crosslinks. Mol Cell. 2023 Dec 7;83(23):4290-4303.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2023.10.012. Epub 2023 Nov 10. PMID: 37951216. Link

Coller, J., Ignatova, Z. tRNA therapeutics for genetic diseases. Nat Rev Drug Discov (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41573-023-00829-9 Link

Black JJ, Green R. Saving ribosomal proteins for later. Nat Cell Biol. 2023 Nov;25(11):1568-1569. doi: 10.1038/s41556-023-01251-4. PMID: 37845326. Link

Saba JA, Huang Z, Schole KL, Ye X, Bhatt SD, Li Y, Timp W, Cheng J, Green R. LARP1 senses free ribosomes to coordinate supply and demand of ribosomal proteins. bioRxiv [Preprint]. 2023 Nov 2:2023.11.01.565189. doi: 10.1101/2023.11.01.565189. PMID: 37961604; PMCID: PMC10635049. Link

Rattner A, Heng JS, Winer BL, Goff LA, Nathans J. Normal and Sjogren’s syndrome models of the murine lacrimal gland studied at single-cell resolution. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2023 Oct 17;120(42):e2311983120. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2311983120. Epub 2023 Oct 9. PMID: 37812717; PMCID: PMC10589653. Link

Nathans J. Seeing is believing: The development of optical coherence tomography. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2023 Sep 26;120(39):e2311129120. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2311129120. Epub 2023 Sep 21. PMID: 37732756; PMCID: PMC10523475. Link

Rattner A, Wang Y, Nathans J. Signaling Pathways in Neurovascular Development. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2022 Jul 8;45:87-108. doi: 10.1146/annurev-neuro-111020-102127. PMID: 35803586. Link

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The intent of the MOCB program is to provide an intensive, innovative but broadly-based training in molecular and cell biology. To assure that students have a proper grounding the program prescribes a set of advanced graduate classes in biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology (prokaryotic and eukaryotic). In addition, students get specific training in some aspect of molecular and cell biology by participating in at least one three-credit graduate seminar and by continued participation in research seminars (or journal clubs) in their area of concentration.

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The degree requirements include a total of 8 graduate level courses and completion of 12 credits of research:

  • Two-semester course in biochemistry
  • One course based on the principles of genetic analysis
  • One course in prokaryotic molecular biology
  • One course in eukaryotic molecular biology
  • One or two 700-level graduate seminars (included in the 18 credits of 600/700 level courses)
  • Elective courses to bring the total of courses taken to 8
  • 12 credits of research. At least one research credit each semester
  • Beginning with the second year, students are required to participate in a research seminar (journal club) every semester and to take one credit of research seminar (journal club) each year

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  • Two semesters as a teaching assistant
  • Most important, the student will complete original research under the direction of their faculty mentor and overseen by a committee knowledgeable in the student’s area of specialization
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Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Understand advanced biological concepts beyond the scope of the typical undergraduate degree and increase the depth of their knowledge through coursework and hands-on experiences.
  • Apply scientific principles and appreciate work outside of their particular field.
  • Effectively communicate about science with colleagues as well as those outside of the student's area of expertise.
  • Develop the necessary laboratory skills that will allow testing of hypotheses.

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website . For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website .

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  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Strong background in biology and related subjects such as chemistry and mathematics 1
  • Official transcript(s) - copies of official transcripts can be submitted for initial review of application
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  • Personal statement that clearly explains why the applicant wishes to pursue an advanced degree and describes research experience and interest; statement must include a list of potential faculty mentors
  • Three letters of recommendation that comment on chance of success in an advanced degree program, with minimum one from someone who can comment on research aptitude
  • Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
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  • Minimum 82 MELAB score
  • Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
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Student deficiencies in these areas at the time of admission shall be rectified during the first year of graduate study.

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Students may substitute a different graduate-level statistics course for BSCI 70104 , if deemed appropriate by the students' advisor/guidance committee.

Students are required to take BSCI 70184 their first semester (or the following fall semester for those starting their studies in the spring semester).

Students are to select courses in consultation with their academic faculty advisor. It is recommended that students enroll in BSCI 70195 for selected current topics. Additional coursework should provide the necessary skills and/or knowledge base to aid in the completion of the student's research project and be beneficial for their professional development.

Students are required to present at least one departmental seminar about their work.

Doctoral candidates, upon admission to candidacy, must register for BSCI 80199 for a total of 30 hours. It is expected that doctoral candidates will continuously register for BSCI 80199 , and thereafter BSCI 80299 , each semester, until all requirements for the degree have been met. It is expected that candidates will present the results of their research in a defense open to students and faculty, at which the dissertation will be presented and defended before the dissertation committee, with not more than one negative vote, in order to be recommended to the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences for degree conferral.

Students entering the program with a bachelor's degree must complete a minimum 20 credit hours of graduate courses beyond BSCI 80198  toward their degree. Students entering the program with a master's degree should consult with their guidance committee to determine how many courses are required.

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Following completion of the candidacy exam, doctoral students must successfully prepare, present and defend a formal prospectus of the research project before the dissertation committee.

Candidacy Exams: Students are admitted to doctoral candidacy following successful completion of both written and oral candidacy examinations. These exams are based on prior coursework and coursework taken in this graduate program as determined by students' academic Guidance Committee, which must consist of at least three eligible faculty members. The advisor(s) and a majority of members of the Guidance Committee must be members of the appropriate graduate program. This committee is responsible for determining the student's academic curriculum and for administering the candidacy exams. Following successful completion of candidacy exams, students register for dissertation - BSCI 80199  for two semesters and, thereafter, for BSCI 80299 continually until complete.

Prospectus: Following completion of the candidacy exam, doctoral students must successfully prepare, present and defend a formal prospectus of the research project before their dissertation committee.

Dissertation and Final Defense: Doctoral candidates must complete a dissertation. It is expected that candidates will present the results of their research in a defense open to students and faculty, during which they will present and defend their dissertation before their dissertation committee, with not more than one negative vote, in order to be recommended to the department and College of Arts and Sciences for degree conferral

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  • Completed 9 or more graduate hours in graded coursework at an accredited institution and earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or above.
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The MD/PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genomics is aimed at highly motivated individuals. This program combines outstanding basic science training with state-of-the-art clinical medicine to train individuals as physician-scientists excelling in careers in research and education.

Our program is specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of each student. The combined degree program in Molecular Genetics and Genomics emphasizes eukaryotic biology and genetics with distinct applications in molecular medicine.

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