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Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology (DRSB) - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology (DRSB) takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the fundamental questions of how a single cell, the fertilized egg, ultimately produces the fully patterned adult organism, as well as how adult tissue homeostasis is maintained by stem cells. More than 35 faculty from both basic science and clinical departments in the Division of Biological Sciences belong to DRSB. Their research uses traditional model species (e.g., nematodes, fruit flies, Arabidopsis, zebrafish, amphibians, chick, and mouse) and non-traditional model systems (e.g., lampreys and cephalopods). Areas of research focus include stem cell biology, developmental genetics, regeneration, the cellular basis of morphogenesis, developmental neurobiology, and "evo-devo." 

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  • DRSB
  • Molecular Biosciences Graduate Programs
  • 920 East 58th Street, Room 1105B
  • Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone: 773.702.8037
  • Fax: 773.972.3172
  • Website:

Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

Degree Objective

The Molecular Biosciences 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. 1 course in Cell Biology
  2. 1 course in Genetics
  3. 1 course in Molecular Biology
  4. 3 courses in the field of Developmental Biology
  5. 1 elective
  6. 2 lab rotations

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. The graduate stipend is competitive with awards offered at comparable institutions, is established at a level affording a reasonable local standard of living, and is adjusted annually to keep pace with increases in the cost of living.