5 – 7 Years

32 Credits

Every student must publish at least one first author research paper prior to graduation.

What You’ll Learn

Your training as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology at GUMC will be multifaceted. Thesis mentors are available from a variety of backgrounds spanning stem cell biology and human tissue engineering to traditional biochemical analytics with an optional focus on informatics- or systems-based medicine. Each faculty mentor represents a diverse component of the biomedical scientific enterprise and each has dedicated their career to enhancing biomedical science through independent research and doctoral candidate training. Our program has developed a solid educational platform designed to not only challenge the candidate but to also provide supportive mentorship in order to aid the candidate as they develop their own skillsets and become future scientific leaders.

Degree Requirements

The first year is devoted to coursework and research rotations. At the end of the first year, students enter into their mentor’s laboratory and begin their thesis research.

For the second year, coursework is light and comprehensive exams are completed at the end of the year. Students begin their full-time thesis research during their third year of the program.

Students have a maximum of seven years to complete the program. Students may request an extension of this period in extraordinary circumstances. Students who apply for and receive advanced standing have a maximum of five years to complete the program.


🗹 9 Required Courses (19 credits)

🗹 13 credits of Electives

🗹 3 Rotations

🗹 2 Comprehensive Exams

🗹 Journal Clubs

🗹 Thesis Research