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Doctor of Philosophy in Cell Biology and Anatomy

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Principal courses are listed below. Most courses are required as determined by the subspecialization of the student. Unspecified, but required, credits taken outside the department are selected with the counsel of the adviser, whom the student usually selects before starting the second year of study. By or at the end of the second year, the student must satisfactorily pass written and oral comprehensive examinations. The student writes and defends a grant proposal in an area of research chosen in consultation with the graduate adviser. After successful completion of the oral comprehensive examination, the student, with the advice and consent of the adviser, must name 4 faculty members to be recommended for the doctoral research committee.


All students must take the courses of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Science. After completing IGPBS courses, students must take ANAT 900 Analysis of Scientific Papers every semester. Advanced departmental and interdepartmental courses are required based on the student’s specialized interests and needs. Students select these after consultation with their advisers. The student must maintain a B average overall, and the department requires a B average in all didactic courses.

Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship Requirement

All students in doctoral programs must meet the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement of the university.

Anatomy Ph.D. students meet these requirements during their IGPBS year of study by taking GSMC 857 Biographics, GSMC 852/GSMC 855 Introduction to Biomedical Research I and II, and GSMC 856 Introduction to Research Ethics.

Teaching Expertise

Each student must gain teaching experience by assisting in selected medical courses, chosen with the help of the adviser and graduate director.


The student must complete original research, write a dissertation, and satisfactorily defend it in a final public seminar and oral examination. One or more parts of the dissertation must be suitable for publication in appropriate peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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