Paul Cunningham, Dean and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs
Richard Franklin, Interim Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
The Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology offer graduate programs for the degree of doctor of philosophy. The Brody School of Medicine and the departments of Biology and Chemistry offer the degree of doctor of philosophy in interdisciplinary biological sciences. An interdisciplinary master of science degree in biomedical sciences is also offered. The educational objectives of these programs are to foster scholarship, critical analysis, and creative research activity in a particular field of study. In selecting candidates for admission, the departments give careful attention to individual aptitudes and career goals and design their curricula to complement the students’ baccalaureate experiences. Each candidate is encouraged to acquire a broad understanding of human biology in both health and disease and to gain authoritative knowledge in a specific area.
Doctoral studies in the Brody School of Medicine provide opportunities for students to have frequent contact with a wide variety of health science professionals who are concerned with problems relating to human biology. All of the departments are excellently equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation necessary for preparative and analytical procedures. Specialized facilities are also available for cell and tissue culture, virological studies, and for the handling of pathogenic and recombinant agents.
Each department considers the laboratory as the major setting for the education of its doctoral candidates. Students are encouraged to begin research activity immediately upon entering the program and are assigned to staff members who supervise them in aspects of a research problem compatible with part-time laboratory work. Students are provided the opportunity to rotate among several faculty, within and outside of a department, before selecting a dissertation preceptor.