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Anatomy and Cell Biology Graduate Programs

The graduate program in Anatomy and Cell Biology prepares the student for a research and/or teaching career with concentrations in one or more of the following:

  • Cell Biology,
  • Developmental Biology, and
  • Neuroscience.

The program emphasizes research and the skills and knowledge required to perform and communicate the results of research. In addition, because the Anatomy graduate program is in the School of Medicine, students have opportunities to learn aspects of science that are related to important problems in medicine and to take elective courses oriented toward human biology. Modern biomedical researchers/educators must be versed in a number of disciplines, so the course of study in the department is broadly based; students are encouraged, and in some cases required, to enroll in courses offered by other departments. Research opportunities in the department are widely varied and can accommodate many interests.

The Anatomy and Cell Biology graduate program is designed primarily for the Ph.D. degree. The M.A. degree may be granted in appropriate circumstances. Ph.D. students in the basic sciences at the KU School of Medicine are admitted to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS). After the initial year of course work, students choose a research mentor, then join the department of the mentor. Applications may be made online at the IGPBS website.

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