Graduate ProgramsThe Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology is committed to graduate training leading to the Ph.D. degree in medical sciences. Our objective is to provide students with the intellectual and technical skills to become lifelong contributors of new scientific knowledge in an academic setting or in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries. Students are admitted into one of four interdepartmental graduate programs at UT. These programs include a core curriculum and elective courses that cover basic concepts and recent developments in the relevant scientific disciplines. To assist in the selection of a dissertation mentor, students may sample various research options by performing several laboratory rotations during their first year.
Cancer Biology - The Cancer Biology track takes an integrated approach to training the next generation of cancer researchers by developing both depth and breadth of knowledge in cancer biology. Through course work aimed at understanding the molecular nature of cancer and mentored thesis research in cancer biology disciplines, graduates will be equipped with both the scientific expertise and cutting edge research skills to make important contributions in the fight against a disease that affects the lifespan and quality of life of millions of individuals.
Molecular Medicine - The Molecular Medicine track trains students to conduct research on the genetics and pathophysiology of diabetes, obesity, fatty liver disease, infertility, and cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. The track emphasizes the use of genetically engineered rodents as a first step toward translating basic science research to the clinic. By fostering research on these diseases, which constitute the major causes of death in the US, this track prepares its graduates for active and independent research careers.
Medical Microbiology and Immunology - The Infection, Immunity, and Transplantation track provides students an education and training in the microorganisms that are relevant to human health and in the immune system that allows us to overcome infection as well as rejects transplantation of organs and tissues. Faculty members study individual microbes (bacteria, viruses, or fungi), with particular emphasis on their biology, evolution or pathogenic mechanism; the autoimmune diseases of asthma, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis; and the development, differentiation and activation of the innate and adaptive immune systems.
Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders - The Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders track emphasizes training in both basic and translational neuroscience. Students gain hands-on experience using a variety of state-of-the-art cellular/molecular biological, neuroanatomical, and physiological approaches to investigate fundamental questions relating to synaptic function, neuronal signaling, and development and plasticity of the nervous system. Areas of study emphasize both normal function in the nervous system and the basis of neurodevelopmental disorders and neurological diseases. Students are prepared for an independent career in neuroscience research through advanced courses in the neurosciences complemented by active participation in faculty-mentored laboratory research.
Information about admission to the biomedical sciences graduate programs at UT can be obtained by contacting the College of Graduate Studies .