Graduate Programs


The focus of the master's degree and Ph.D. programs in Cellular and Molecular Biology at The University of Toledo is to train graduate students for a wide range of scientific career opportunities in academia and industry. 

Our graduate Biology students receive in-depth, personalized training from internationally renowned biomedical researchers. Research and courses emphasize cell biology, molecular biology, genetics and related areas.  

Top Reasons to Study cellular and molecular biology at UToledo

  1. Financial support.
    The majority of master's students and all doctoral students receive tuition waivers and competitive stipends in exchange for working as teaching or research assistants.  
  2. Intensive research training.
    Students in the Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate program receive one-on-one training, working directly with research mentors. They receive in-depth experience with advanced technology and gain marketable knowledge and skills. 
  3. Internationally recognized faculty.
    Biology faculty are some of the most productive research faculty at The University of Toledo. They receive external funding and publish many scholarly articles co-authored by student researchers each year. 
  4. Faculty mentors.
    To be accepted into UToledo’s M.S. or Ph.D. degree program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, you must be approved by a faculty member who will work with you while you earn your degree. Visit the College of Graduate Studies for full application requirements. 
  5. World-class research facilities.
    Biology master's and doctoral students have access to the latest technology and resources in the labs at the Bowman-Oddy/Wolfe Hall complex on Main Campus and in the labs on our Health Science Campus, home to the UT Medical Center.  .
  6. Network.
    The Biology Graduate Student Association offers a ready-made support system and study groups. The Careers in Science Committee hosts events, from seminars to career fairs, that inform students about jobs and connects them with mentors. 
  7. Want to teach?
    UToledo's dual degree program allows students who want to become high-school biology teachers simultaneously earn an M.S. in Biology and an Education degree. It can be completed in 18 months. 

UToledo has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral University for its high research activity. Our graduate program in Cellular and Molecular Biology offers an unusual degree of one-on-one interaction between students and their research mentors. 

Our labs are relatively small, and most principal investigators are engaged in day-to-day research. Students enjoy intensive, personalized training from these internationally renowned biomedical researchers. 

UToledo biology faculty members come from top research institutions such as Harvard University, Penn State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cleveland Clinic and Northwestern University. They pursue cutting-edge research in a variety of areas and publish high-impact articles in top-tier journals. They have won research awards from international societies. 

UToledo and the Department of Biological Sciences house several highly-advanced microscopes —confocal and spinning disk microscopes, and a two-photon confocal microscope. 

Sample research topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology include: 

  • Cancer biology 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Biology of viruses 
  • Immunology 
  • Developmental biology 
  • Molecular parasitology


What jobs can I get with a cellular and molecular biology degree?

UToledo graduate students who earn an M.S. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology usually continue their studies in professional or doctoral programs. Others work for pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies and in medical research labs. 

Alumni of UToledo's doctoral program have earned post-doctoral placements at some of the country’s most renowned institutions before moving on to traditional careers in academia, research, industry and consulting. 

Our students have completed post-doctoral work at:

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
  • New York University, New York City
  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Alumni of our graduate Biology program have been hired as researchers, scientists, editors and professors by:

  • Abbott Laboratories, Lake Bluff, Ill.
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Duke University, Durham, N.C. 
  • GlaxoSmithKline, London 
  • Novartis International AG, Basel, Switzerland
  • Pfizer Inc., New York City
  • Pharmacia & Upjohn, London
  • Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • University of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration







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Last Updated: 4/24/24