Greetings from the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at
Boston University School of Medicine!
Cell and Molecular Biology is an exciting field with opportunities in academia, biotechnology and law. The Program in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to take advantage of opportunities offered by several academic departments. Our program is designed so that entering students take a number of core courses during which time you are exposed to faculty that participate in the program and have appointments in the following departments and programs: Biochemistry, Physiology & Biophysics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Pharmacology, Molecular Medicine, Genetics and Genomics, and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology in the Goldman School of Dental Medicine. The 6 required courses focus on Protein Structure, The Genome, Cell Dynamics and Architecture, Cell-Cell Communication, and Critical Thinking in Cell and Molecular Biology. There are also elective courses that include but are not limited to Translational Genomics, Physiology, Metabolism, Stem Cell and Development and Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Techniques. As we are aware that you need to become proficient in writing and oral skills we require that students take a Presentation Skills Course and a Course in Grant Writing.
In addition in your first year you will rotate through 3-4 laboratories. A review of the faculty research interests will show you how broad are the research interests.
We are pleased to announce that as of September 1, 2012 the Program of Cell and Molecular Biology is participating in the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) which offers training towards the PhD degree by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement.=
In the first year PhD students will participate in the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) core curriculum as well as have the opportunity to select elective courses focused on area-specific interests. Additionally, trainees will engage in laboratory rotations, in journal clubs and research seminars. Trainees will work closely with a faculty advisor in the development of an individual plan that will be tailored to serve specific research and professional goals. After selection of a laboratory, students will join the program/department with which the mentor is affiliated and continue advanced studies towards candidacy
As of September 1, 2012, the following departments/programs will be participating in the exciting new PhD interdisciplinary umbrella program, Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS): Biochemistry, Biophysics, Genetics & Genomics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Medicine, Nutrition & Metabolism, Pathology, Physiology. The deadline for these applications is December 17, 2012.
If you become a student at our school you will become a part of a community that is interested in the basic science underlying mechanisms of disease and in the development of new treatment methodologies. Our faculty span multiple departments and come together to actively collaborate with each other and these interactions enrich the program for the students. Seminars provide students with the opportunity to participate in discussions on the most recent advances.
Vickery Trinkaus-Randall, PhD is the Program Director. If you have questions about the program, send her an e-mail message.CMB Webmaster.