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

The Doctor of Philosophy in molecular and cellular biology requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate students with a wide range of backgrounds in the biological and physical sciences. Entering students are expected to have a solid background in science, including introductory biology and chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus, genetics, and biochemistry. Students can remedy deficiencies in particular areas by taking appropriate course work during the first year of graduate study.

The curriculum consists of a sequence of required, core, and elective courses that provide didactic training in molecular and cellular biology and that ensure comprehensive exposure to concepts and experimental methodologies in the field. Students engage in laboratory research immediately upon enrollment and progress rapidly to original thesis projects that lead to a Ph.D.

Because of the diversity of biological research problems that can be pursued by employing molecular and cellular approaches, the program provides options for specialization in particular areas of interest.

The Ph.D. with a major in molecular and cellular biology requires the following course work.

Didactic Course Work

All of these:
MCB:6215Transcription and Multi-Functional Regulation by RNA1
MCB:6217Epigenetics, Cancer, and Mouse Models of Disease1
MCB:6220Mechanisms of Cellular Organization3
BMED:5207Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology3
BMED:7270Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research I0
BMED:7271Scholarly Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research II0
PCOL:5204Basic Biostatistics and Experimental Design1
Electives (courses preapproved by student's advisor)18

Seminars and Professional Development

All students take this:
MCB:7290Seminars in Molecular and Cellular Biology1
Precomprehensive students take this each semester:
MCB:6280Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology1
Postcomprehensive students take this each semester:
Journal club of the student's choice1

Thesis Research and Dissertation

After successfully completing the comprehensive examination, usually at the end of the second year of graduate study, students advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. They devote their time to completing thesis research and writing their Ph.D. dissertation. Upon successful completion of all requirements, including the dissertation and its oral defense, students are awarded a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology.

For application materials and information about graduate training in molecular and cellular biology, contact the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program or visit its website.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Molecular and cellular biology graduate students receive stipends and tuition support from institutional and extramural sources, including University of Iowa fellowships and graduate research assistantships, and training grants from the National Institutes of Health.