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Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Curriculum

The MCP Program is designed as an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary Program consisting of about 63 trainers. Participating faculty members are from the Departments of Biochemistry, Biomolecular Chemistry, Neuroscience, Oncology, Genetics, Cellular and Regenerative Biology, Dermatology, Medical Microbiology, Psychiatry, Medicine, Zoology and the School of Pharmacy. The interdepartmental nature of the Graduate Program results in a flexible and yet rigorous set of degree requirements and training opportunities. The diversity of the research faculty encourages the graduate students to build upon the fundamentals of molecular and cellular biology and the principles of modern pharmacology in designing their focus of advanced studies and research.

The faculty stimulate each student to develop an independent and creative approach to science. The first year of the Graduate Program emphasizes formal course work with focus on advanced Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Toxicology and Pharmacology. These courses provide the foundation for a more specialized set of studies, which is defined by the students with the advice of their research mentors and their Thesis Committees. The Thesis Committee consists of the student, his or her research advisor, and four other faculty. Students begin research in the laboratories of their mentors in their first year.

Seminars and research progress reports are part of the formal training. A preliminary examination is offered at the beginning of the third year; it is a research proposal in combination with an oral examination. At the end of their studies and research, graduate students defend their thesis, which is based on the students' original research in the form of a final seminar and oral examination. The Thesis Committee meets with each student on a yearly basis, providing a source of encouragement and a formal opportunity for the exchange of research ideas. Students and faculty enjoy weekly seminars and informal social get togethers, establishing scientific and social interactions which create an atmosphere of cohesive scientific communication.

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