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M.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology

M.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology

Brandeis University

Brandeis University, Waltham, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
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  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 12 months

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The graduate program in molecular and cell biology, leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, is designed to provide each student with the theoretical foundations and research experience needed to become an independent and original investigator of basic biological phenomena. Preparation is achieved through the combination of (1) a flexible curriculum of required and elective courses tailored for each student's specific needs, (2) a set of laboratory rotations that acquaints each entering student with current research techniques and permits exploration of possible research areas, and (3) a proseminar specifically for first-year students and a series of journal clubs that keep students abreast of significant research findings and develop confidence with reading research literature and giving oral presentations. First-year students participate in all three aspects of our graduate program and are thus quickly integrated into the biological research community at Brandeis. Strength of our program is frequent interaction between students and faculty, formal and informal. Thesis research leading to the PhD degree is carried out under the personal direction of a faculty member. A complete list of faculty research interests and recent publications can be viewed online at Potential applicants are urged to review this information. As a general orientation, the following areas of research are among those represented in the program: molecular biology of the regulation of gene expression; chromosome structure and chromosomal rearrangements; mechanisms of recombination and DNA repair; developmental genetics; behavioral genetics, neural development; biophysics of single nerve cells; learning and memory; regulation of small RNAs; immune cell differentiation and development; cytoskeletal architecture; organization of sub cellular structures; structure and function of proteins; mammalian embryogenesis and the biotechnology of DNA diagnostics. Program of Study The program is designed to guide each student toward realizing her or his potential as an independent scientist and foster her or his career development toward obtaining a position in research, teaching, or other scientific settings. Students are encouraged to become experts in the theory and practice of their chosen area of research, as well as to obtain breadth in other areas strongly represented in the program. Graduate courses are available in the areas of molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, structural biology, immunology, cancer biology, and neurobiology.