The Graduate Training Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine prepares scientists for laboratory research at the cellular and molecular level with a direct impact on the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human diseases. The Ph.D. graduates of the program obtain rigorous training in scientific research and develop a thorough knowledge of human biology and human diseases.
This program grew out of a need for graduate training at the interface between medicine and the traditional basic science disciplines. Rapid progress in cellular and molecular biology has strongly impacted clinical medicine, offering insights about the fundamental causes of many diseases. Thus, the goal of this program is to train scientists who will make discoveries in the laboratory that can be applied expeditiously to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. New technology allows scientists to identify genetic and molecular defects causing or predisposing to disease. The trainees in this program are working precisely at this interface between science and medicine to contribute to the long-term well-being of society.
Students will work in well-equipped laboratories of approximately 130 program faculty located throughout the medical school campus. These researchers are supported by many shared facilities including microscopy, molecular biology, and protein chemistry.
The program is supported by a combination of monies from the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust and an NIH training grant. Each student is provided a stipend, health and dental insurance, and tuition throughout his/her years in the program. The program covers these benefits during the students’ first year; in subsequent years, the research advisor is responsible.
The mission of the CMM program is to recruit and train outstanding PhD candidates in translational research. We use a holistic approach in evaluating applicants, to ensure the best fit between our training program and trainees. Evidence of prior research experience is paramount in the admissions process, along with letters from research mentors. A bachelor’s degree from a qualified college or university is required. Applicants are expected to have taken the following courses: biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, and calculus. Cell biology and/or biochemistry is recommended. Passage of the TOEFL is required for all students whose undergraduate instruction was conducted in a language other than English.
CMM draws from the top of an extremely strong and deep pool of candidates. Although we do not use score cut-offs, the average accepted student has a GPA of 3.71. Our class size varies between 20-24, and includes in addition to PhD candidates, trainees in dual MD/PhD, DVM/PhD programs and Clinical Fellows. Yield on admissions offers is high, ranging from 45-69%, with an average of 55% of offers resulting in acceptance.
Inquiries regarding admissions should be referred to:
Office of the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
1830 E. Monument Street, Suite 2-103
Telephone: (410) 614-0391; (410) 614-3640
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Students must complete successfully the following courses:
|ME.800.702||Introduction to the Human Body: Anatomy, Histology, Physiology|
|ME.800.718||Topics in Cellular and Molecular Medicine|
|ME.800.801||Research in Cellular and Molecular Medicine|
|ME.260.708||Molecular Biology and Genomics|
|ME.800.703||CMM Core Discussion|
|ME.110.733||Principles of Genetics|
|ME.360.728||Pathways and Regulation|
|ME.110.728||Cell Structure and Dynamics|
|ME.800.724||Introduction to Clinical Research|
|ME.800.709||Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease|
|ME.800.717||CMM Grant Writing: Nuts and Bolts|
|ME.800.789||3B’s: Bench to Bedside and Back|
Students are required to take four electives to further broaden their experience in cellular and molecular medicine during the duration of their studies. Mandatory one elective out of the four required must be a Biostatistics course. Rigor and Reproducibility in Research (3R's) principles are integrated throughout the program's coursework. The Responsible Conduct of Research ethics training is a graduation requirement. An Ethics refresher course includes attending several Research Integrity Colloquium lectures each year.
Students are expected to perform research rotations in at least three different laboratories culminating with the selection of a thesis advisor to begin original research leading to their doctoral dissertation. All rotations must be performed in the laboratories of CMM faculty members.
Additionally, the program requires students to actively participate in the OPTIONS Career Curriculum, managed by the Professional Development and Career Office, that provides protected time for students to develop their career goals and prepare for their future. Through interactive workshops, students discover careers of interest, develop career-specific skills and build a professional network while connecting with fellow trainees with similar interests.
A University-mandated Doctor of Philosophy Board Oral Examination must be completed by the end of the second year of study. Annual thesis committee meetings are held until such time as the thesis committee believes the student is ready to write his/her doctoral dissertation. The dissertation is based on the student’s novel research; a public seminar of thesis work is a graduation requirement.