The Doctor of Philosophy program is being revised for fall 2016 admission. Details about the program are not yet available.

The Doctor of Philosophy requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit.

The Ph.D. program is open to graduate students with a background in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, health sciences, veterinary medicine, or engineering.

After completing the introductory courses FRRB:5000 Radiation Biology and FRRB:7000 Redox Biology and Medicine, students typically concentrate on a particular aspect of the field. Some students elect to focus on radiation and cancer biology, while others choose to emphasize redox biology.

In addition to formal lectures and some structured laboratory exercises, plans of study for redox biology, cancer biology, and radiation biology students involve small-group conferences, discussions, and seminars. Ph.D. students are encouraged to spend at least one semester as teaching assistants, for which no registration is required and no academic credit is given.

Required Courses

Students must complete the following course work. Certain courses must be taken on a graded basis; consult the program office.

All of these:
FRRB:5000Radiation Biology (must be taken first)4
FRRB:5001Research: Special Topicsarr.
FRRB:6004Research: Free Radical and Radiation Biologyarr.
FRRB:6006Topics in Free Radical Biology and Medicine (must be taken twice)1
FRRB:6008Topics in Radiation and Cancer Biology (must be taken twice)1
FRRB:7000Redox Biology and Medicine (must be taken tirst)4
FRRB:7001Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer (must be taken in the first year)3
BIOC:3120Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I3
BMED:5207Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology3
BMED:7270Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I0
MCB:6227Cell Fate Decisions1
PCOL:5204Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design1
Electives (consult advisor)11
Two of these:
BMED:5205Practical Bioinformatics1
MCB:6225Growth Factor Receptor Signaling1
MCB:6227Cell Fate Decisions1
Beginning in their second year, students enroll in this course every year (for a minimum total of 3 s.h.):
FRRB:6000Seminar: Free Radical and Radiation Biology1

View Academic Plans in this section of the Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements. Students who are less than full time should negotiate their plan of study with faculty members. 

Presentation of papers at scientific meetings is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Full-time students enrolled with a one-half time assistantship should consult their advisor concerning the total number of semester hours of course work required for each session until the Ph.D. comprehensive exam is passed. Each student must take at least 2 s.h. of research every semester the student is in the program. Any deviation from this rule requires special permission of the faculty. 

Credit earned from English as a second language (ESL) courses do not count toward the Ph.D. degree.

Graduate students are supported as graduate assistants from funds available through research grants and contracts or from departmental funds. Individual postdoctoral awards also may be available; the candidate and the appropriate faculty sponsor apply for them jointly.

Free Radical and Radiation Biology (Ph.D.)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
FRRB:5000 Radiation Biology 1 4
FRRB:7000 Redox Biology and Medicine 2 4
FRRB:6004 Research: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 1-3
FRRB:6006 Topics in Free Radical Biology and Medicine 3 1
FRRB:6008 Topics in Radiation and Cancer Biology 3 1
FRRB:6000 Seminar: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 3 1
BIOC:3120 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 3
BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I 0
PCOL:5204 Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design 1
FRRB:3110 Medical Physics I (program elective) 2-3
Electives 4  
 Hours18-21
Spring
FRRB:7001 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer 1 3
FRRB:6000 Seminar: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 3 1
FRRB:6004 Research: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 1-3
FRRB:6006 Topics in Free Radical Biology and Medicine 3 1
FRRB:6008 Topics in Radiation and Cancer Biology 3 1
BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I 0
FRRB:3215 Medical Physics II (program elective) 2-3
Electives 4  
 Hours9-12
Summer
FRRB:6004 Research: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 1-3
 Hours1-3
Second Year
Fall
FRRB:5000 Radiation Biology 1 4
FRRB:7000 Redox Biology and Medicine 2 4
FRRB:6000 Seminar: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 1
FRRB:6004 Research: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 1-3
FRRB:6006 Topics in Free Radical Biology and Medicine 1
FRRB:6008 Topics in Radiation and Cancer Biology 1
PCOL:5204 Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design 1
BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I 0
Electives 4  
 Hours13-15
Spring
FRRB:7001 Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer 1 3
FRRB:6000 Seminar: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 1
FRRB:6004 Research: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 1-3
FRRB:6006 Topics in Free Radical Biology and Medicine 1
FRRB:6008 Topics in Radiation and Cancer Biology 1
BMED:7270 Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I 0
Electives 4  
 Hours7-9
Summer
FRRB:6004 Research: Free Radical and Radiation Biology 1-3
 Hours1-3
 Total Hours49-63
1

Odd years, dependent on matriculation.

2

Even years, dependent on matriculation.

3

New students are not expected to register for this course, but if their course schedule permits, attendance is expected.

4

Does not include elective course work.