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Southern Methodist University - Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Southern Methodist University - Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies

PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Dallas, USA

4 Years


Full time

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Aug 2024

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* our Ph.D. programs are fully-funded, which includes tuition coverage and health insurance


Students enrolled in doctoral graduate studies conduct dissertation research under the mentorship of expert faculty in the areas of aging, neuronal development and neuropathogenesis, epigenetics and gene regulation, structural biology, inflammation and immunity, drug resistance, cancer biology, and infectious diseases. During the first semester, students rotate through 2-3 different laboratories before choosing a faculty mentor to supervise their Ph.D. research. All new students are advised by the Biological Sciences-Graduate Education Committee (GEC) and are required to have at least one annual meeting with their Graduate Advisory Committee to review their academic and research progress.

The Molecular and Cellular Biology Ph.D. degree program requires approximately four to five years to complete, including:

  • 60 credit hours
  • Two-year full-time residency
  • Passing a qualifying examination at the end of the second year
  • Complete a research program
  • Writing and defending a monograph detailing proposed research

In the Ph.D. program, financial support provides students with a competitive stipend amount of $30,000 per year plus benefits, which includes health care, for a total support package of $39,750 per year. In addition, Ph.D. students do not pay tuition and fees, which are covered by the university.

The graduate programs in Molecular and Cellular Biology prepares students for careers in modern biological research. The diverse faculty ensures broad training that includes coursework and research experience in:

  • Molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes
  • Biochemistry and structural biology
  • Advance cell biology
  • Epigenetic regulation of gene expression
  • Genetics and molecular biology of model organisms and human pathogens
  • Virology and cancer biology
  • Mechanisms of aging and senescence
  • Neuronal development and RNA processing
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Structure and dynamics of nucleotide binding and membrane proteins



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