PhD Programs

Molecular Biosciences

Molecular Biosciences is an umbrella program that administers five graduate programs in the biomedical and life sciences at Rutgers University. Molecular Biosciences serves as an entry portal to review applications for admission, coordinate the first-year curriculum, and assist students to identify a laboratory in which to conduct their thesis research.  Students are free to carry out their PhD research with any faculty member affiliated with one of the five Molecular Biosciences graduate programs.

Molecular Biosciences offers research opportunities in more than 150 laboratories across campus. A stipend of $29,605, tuition remission, and health benefits are guaranteed for all students in good standing with the program. Students initially apply to one of the five programs for admissions, but can change programs at the end of their first year. Although each program has unique features, they all partially overlap with each other, and students from different programs can be found any given lab.  In the second year and onwards, students choose one of the five programs. A specialized second-year course is often required by each program, but all have similar thesis requirements for graduation. Three of the programs offer an MS degree.

Biochemistry Graduate Program (16:115)

Faculty research spans a wide variety of topics, including: DNA replication and transcription, virus gene expression, tumor biology, structural biochemistry, signal transduction and molecular targeting, protein chemistry and enzymology.

Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Program (16:148)

The graduate program in Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB) offers both PhD and MS degrees with research that spans the broad fields of molecular biology, cell biology, cancer biology, genetics, neurobiology, and developmental biology. Researchers draw upon diverse experimental systems ranging from tissue culture, invertebrates, and humans.

Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Program (16:718)

Pharmacology is a science that seeks to improve human health with drugs. Researchers in this program use the tools of molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, physiology, chemistry and biochemistry to define biological pathways that can be manipulated.

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program (16:681)

The Graduate Program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) offers both PhD and MS degrees with research in the following areas: molecular genetics, microbial physiology, virology, pathogenic microbiology, applied and environmental microbiology, and computers in molecular biology.

Physiology and Integrative Biology Graduate Program (16:761)

The graduate program in Physiology and Integrative Biology (PIB) offers both PhD and MS degrees. This program is designed to provide training at the interface of genomics, cell biology and organismal physiology. Specific topics include molecular endocrinology, cardiovascular research, cancer biology, membrane structure and signal transduction, host-microbial interaction and the physiological bases of diseases.