Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The program in Molecular Medicine offers a research oriented, interdisciplinary course of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The faculty is composed of both basic and clinical scientists drawn from the Departments of Biochemistry, Cellular and Structural Biology, Medicine, Molecular Medicine, Surgery, Pathology, and Physiology. The objective of the program is to train future scholars in the use of molecular biological approaches for the investigation of fundamental biomedical questions associated with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. Through completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to prepare for careers as independent investigators and teachers in cellular and molecular medicine.

The research interests of the faculty cover many areas of molecular and cell biology, including the molecular genetic basis of cancer and tumorigenesis, mechanisms of cancer metastasis, animal models of disease, transcriptional regulation, developmental, bone cell biology in health and disease, mouse genetics, molecular biological basis of aging, DNA repair, genetic recombination, eukaryotic cell-cycle regulation, protein structure, protein degradation, and signal transduction.

The laboratories of the molecular medicine program faculty members are located in The University of Texas Institute of Biotechnology and the Institute for Drug and Development in the Health Science Center.  State-of-the-art facilities for cellular and molecular biological research and biochemistry are also available, as wells as specialized instrumentation required for electron, fluorescence, confocal, and atomic force microscopy, the generation of transgenic and chimeric mice; biomolecular interaction studies; biopolymer synthesis; peptide and nucleic acid sequencing; and protein purification.  

 

 

 

Molecular Medicine Admissions Requirements

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0.  Applicants should have received credit for courses taken in:

  • Biology1 2 yrs. as required for science majors
  • Chemistry1 1 yr. general chemistry and organic chemistry
  • Physics 1 yr.
  • Mathematics minimum of 1 semester of calculus
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courses should include laboratory experience

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE must be taken within the last 5 years and the TOEFL within the last 2 years. There is no minimum score required for the GRE.

In addition to the GRE, international applicants are also required to take one of two English proficiency tests: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS: Academic module only). The minimum required scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper test and 68 for the internet test. The minimum score on the academic IELTS is 6.5.

Three letters of recommendation are required. The applicant must submit 3 essays stating the reasons for your interest in the program, a description of your professional goals and an outline of your undergraduate, industrial or summer research. On campus recruitment interviews are conducted during February and March. Phone interviews for international application occur in January and February.

The admission committee makes its decision based on the candidate’s research experience, grade point average, personal statement, GRE score, interviews, letters of recommendations, and how the candidate matches up against other interested applicants.

Molecular Medicine Degree Requirements

A minimum of 72 credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for the Ph.D. degree.  In addition, all doctoral candidates must register for the MMED 7099 Dissertation for at least two semesters in order to graduate; only one of the terms may be a summer session.  The student is required to demonstrate intellectual command of the subject area of the graduate program and capability to carry out independent and original investigation in the area. The student must successfully defend a dissertation and be recommended by their program COGS for approval of their degree to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. 

Molecular Medicine Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredit Hours
MMED 5019Graduate Colloquium In Molecular Medicine 1
MMED 6016Advanced Molecular Cell Bio 5
MMED 5015Modern Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology 1
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Spring
MMED 5001Molecular Medicine 3
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Comprehensive exam  
Summer
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Second Year
Fall
MMED 6091Seminars On Molecular Medicine 1
MMED 6071Supervised Teaching 1-9
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Spring
MMED 6091Seminars On Molecular Medicine 1
MMED 6071Supervised Teaching 1-9
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Summer
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Third Year
Fall
MMED 6091Seminars On Molecular Medicine 1
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Spring
MMED 6091Seminars On Molecular Medicine 1
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Summer
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Fourth Year
Fall
MMED 6091Seminars On Molecular Medicine 1
MMED 6098Thesis 1-9
Spring
MMED 6091Seminars On Molecular Medicine 1
MMED 6098Thesis 1-9
Summer
MMED 6097Research 1-9
Fifth Year
Fall
MMED 6091Seminars On Molecular Medicine 1
MMED 6098Thesis 1-9
Spring
MMED 6091Seminars On Molecular Medicine 1
MMED 7099Dissertation 1-9
 Total Credit Hours: 94.0-116.0

 

Molecular Medicine Objectives/Program Outcomes

  1. Proficiency in fundamental biological principles
  2. Critically review and interpret research literature
  3. Communicate effectively in writing
  4. Communicate effectively in verbal presentation
  5. Conduct independent research in an ethical manner