Cell Biology Curriculum
The UTMB Cell Biology Graduate Program (CBGP) is based on a
multidisciplinary curriculum with emphasis on the translational
importance of cell biology in the study and treatment of disease.
Faculty in our program have broad interests which include specific
strengths in the following:
- Neuronal Cell Biology: development, trauma, regeneration, neurodegenerative diseases, vision and other areas
- Reproductive and Placental Biology
- Nutrition and Metabolism
- Stem Cells/Wound Healing and Cancer
- Infectious and Immune disease, and role of Microbiota
- Cellular response to drugs and toxins
A distinguishing feature of the CBGP curriculum is that it is designed
to be flexible so that each student can tailor their coursework to suit
their field of interest. In the first year students will take the
required courses Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Molecular Biology and
Genetics. In addition, elective courses in any discipline totaling 6
hours are completed. While taking courses, students rotate in at least
three research labs to identify a potential thesis mentor. In the second
year students spend most of their time in the lab, but also take an
advanced cell biology course, a grant writing course, and prepare to
enter candidacy by writing a research proposal and defending it orally.
Completion of the CBGP is expected to take 4 to 5 years.