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Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program (MPMM) - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences 
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The Department of Pathology's Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program (MPMM) offers a program of advanced study and research in experimental pathobiology, broadly defined but with particular emphasis in immunobiology, molecular oncology, vascular pathophysiology, and gut epithelial biology. The Committee encourages scholarship and achievement; we offer flexibility in our program to permit each student to pursue the most effective course of study and research.

The MPMM faculty come from basic science, translational, genetics, and clinical traditions, providing for the prompt transfer of fundamental discoveries to practical application in the understanding and treatment of such widespread and important diseases as atherosclerosis, asthma, diabetes, Crohn's disease, and autism. Furthermore, commonalities of scientific foundations and experimental approaches underlying investigation of seemingly diverse questions in these organ systems leads to remarkable cross-fertilization and synergy among faculty and trainees. 

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

The Department of Pathology admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Campus Visits

Campus visits and interviews are not required. Contact the department for more information.

Degree Objective

The Department of Pathology admits applicants only for the PhD degree. We do not offer an MA program. 

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. GRE and TOEFL Scores
  5. Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school should be uploaded with the application.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

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 Major Human Disease (a journal club course)
  9.  2 graded research rotations in different laboratories
  10.  2 teaching assistantships
  11. Preliminary Examination completed during the summer of the first year
  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 government and fellowships from outside sources.