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Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition (CMMN) - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition (CMMN) offers interdisciplinary doctoral training in the molecular basis of biological processes as they relate to metabolic homeostasis, nutritional status, and human disease. Student thesis projects can thus comprise basic, clinical, and/or translational research. The flexibility and diversity of options for graduate training, coupled with the strong attention paid to the timely progression of each graduate student, are the principal strengths of the Committee. Faculty research expertise covers the majority of metabolism from various angles using biochemical, physiological, clinical research, cell, and/or molecular biological approaches. To offer a broad array of choices for research topics, the Committee works closely with the federal government sponsored Diabetes Research and Training Center, the Digestive Disease Research Core Center, and the Clinical Research Center that is sponsored by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH. There is also a very close affiliation of the CMMN with the newly established Kovler Diabetes Center, which has an NIH funded Diabetes Research and Training Center associated with it, as well as with the Digestive Disease Core at the University of Chicago that conducts cutting-edge diabetes, digestive disease, and obesity related research.

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

Degree Objective

The Biomedical Sciences cluster admits applicants only for the PhD degree.

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school should be uploaded with the application.
  4. 3 letters of recommendation from college or university professors who know the applicant’s work well. Individuals who have been away from school for several years may submit recommendations from their employers.
  5. Graduate Record Examination scores. We require the GRE general test scores; subject test scores will be considered, but are optional.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March.

Program Requirements

  1. 3 required core courses
  2. 1 course in 3 of following areas:
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Cell Biology
  5. Genetics
  6. Molecular Biology
  7. 2 to 3 elective courses
  8. 6 quarters of Topics in Nutrition (a journal club/seminar course)
  9. 2 graded research rotations in different laboratories
  10. 2 teaching assistantships
  11. Preliminary Examination (mock grant proposal)
  12. Thesis proposal and thesis defense

Costs & Financial Aid

The Division of Biological Sciences offers academically qualified applicants complete and equitable support. Students in good academic standing are guaranteed an initial five years of support (conditional on satisfactory academic progress) in a package that includes the cost of tuition, health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses. However, because many of the Division's sources of funding cannot be used to support foreign students, applicants from other countries should make every effort to obtain assistance from their governments and fellowships from outside sources.