Qualifications and Requirements for Admission
The faculty of the Molecular, Cellular and Systems Physiology graduate program, together with many other investigators at the Geisel School of Medicine, has recently formed a new umbrella graduate program called the Program in Experimental and Molecular Medicine (PEMM).
PEMM is a degree-granting program that encompasses five broad disciplines ("themes"):
- Cancer Biology & Molecular Therapeutics
- Molecular Pharmacology, Toxicology & Experimental Therapeutics
- Systems Biology
- Vascular Biology
The goal of this new program is to train the next generation of scientists and physician-scientists to engage in genomic, proteomic, cellular and systems biology for the purpose of translating this knowledge into disease treatment and prevention.
Students will have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty in both the basic and clinical sciences. Research topics will be investigated with a variety of experimental models that may include:
- Biochemical and cellular systems
- Tissue and organ systems
- Whole animal systems with possible genetic alterations
The research will employ a broad range of biochemical, biological and molecular techniques, and will interface with related disciplines such as biostatistics, bioengineering, bioinformatics, structural biology, biophysics and chemistry. All students will be given thorough instruction in the fundamentals of cell biology, molecular biology, physiology and pathophysiology, pharmacology, and human genetics. In addition, there will be special courses on designing, implementing and analyzing clinical trials. Thus, this program is expected to provide students with a broad-based understanding of key biomedical problems and to develop their ability to carry out creative biomedical research.
The MCSP program will be transitioning into PEMM for the 2007-2008 academic year. The faculty of our current MCSP program will become the primary faculty of the Systems Biology theme, and will also participate in other themes, in particular neuroscience. Thus, in joining PEMM, students will enjoy increased academic flexibility as well as broader exposure and choice of mentors.
Applications should be submitted on line through the PEMM website.