The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at UMMC is comprised of eight regular faculty members, two members with joint appointments from the Cancer Institute, and six adjunct faculty members from the Departments of Preventive Medicine, Nursing, Physiology, and Neurology. We currently have 12 graduate students in our program.
Our research interests focus on cell biology and cancer, and include the thermodynamics and hydrodynamics of protein-protein interactions, drug delivery, histone structure and function, Cajal bodies and RNA processing, p53, cytochrome oxidase and mitochondrial function, Chlamydomonas and ciliary function, and the role of Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone in breast cancer. See individual faculty pages for details.
The overall objective of the PhD program in cell and molecular biology is for each student to achieve competency in both the coursework and research components of the program and develop critical thinking and communication skills. With this knowledge base and skill set, graduating students will be equipped to pursue a variety of different career options.
To ensure that each student meets the objective of the PhD program, many different competencies will be evaluated, as listed below.
Information gathering & research planning
It is expected that the mentor will discuss the above competencies with the student. A formal rating system can be developed (1 = not met, 2 = partially met, 3 = fully met). It is also expected that student progress in achieving these competencies will be shared with and discussed by the graduate program director and the student's dissertation committee.