The Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Boston University School of Medicine offers programs leading to M.A., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. degrees. Each program stresses laboratory training and original research performed under the direction of a faculty member.
We are pleased to announce that as of September 2012 the Department of Physiology and Biophysics is participating in the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS) which offers training towards the Ph.D. degree by integrating the foundations of interdisciplinary biomedical research with focused investigation and preparation for career advancement.
In the first year, Ph.D. 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. The core curriculum is supplemented with courses in biophysics and physiology, and additional electives are available to advance the student’s research and career, including courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, and physics.
At end of the first year, students select a degree advisor and begin their thesis research. In the second year, students continue taking classes and working on their research projects. Students must pass qualifying exams at the end of the second year for advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. Throughout their training, students participate in a weekly departmental seminar series and report their research progress each year with oral presentations and poster sessions.
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