Graduate Training

Masters Program

Our newly revamped Masters Program provides students with a strong foundation in the basics of molecular biology and disease. Students will learn current paradigms in cell signaling, genetic and epigenetic regulation, proteomics, and therapeutics. Our program, which includes 10 credit hours plus an elective, balances didactic training while leaving adequate time for intensive laboratory research.

This program provides a platform for students to bolster their knowledge of biomedical research and to continue their careers in a number of disciplines, such as candidacy to PhD or MD programs, or positions in industry, government, business or law.

Masters students are required to take 10 credits from the First Year Curriculum

These include the following 4 modules from CGS 701

1) Macromolecules: Proteins (2 credits)

2) Receptors and Signaling (2 credits)

3) Macromolecules: Nucleic Acids (2 credits)

4) Regulation of Gene Expression (2 credits)

In addition, students must take the following 2 modules from Essential Scientific Practices:

1) CGS 710: Essential Scientific Practices I (1 credit)

2) CGS 711: Diversity in Science (1 credit)

Students may choose between one of the following 2 electives:

1) PCOL 724/PHMSC 712. Drug Discovery and Molecular Pharmacology (3 credits)

This eight week spring elective explores the scientific principles underlying targeted drug design. Medicinal chemistry is integrated with molecular biology in the context of identifying tomorrow’s best-in-class drugs. The interdependence of pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic structure-activity relationships will be discussed as a prominent feature of drug discovery.

2) PCOL 721. Principles of Pharmacology (4 credits)

This fall elective develops an understanding of the principles required for conducting research studies involving the use of pharmacological agents as tools for understanding basic biological processes. The course covers basic principles of receptor theory, analysis of dose-response relationships, data interpretation, and the relationship between the chemistry of biological molecules and their cellular actions. These principles are developed in relation to signal transduction /cancer biology, functional genomics, and drug metabolism/toxicology. The course will impart an essential understanding of how pharmacological agents interact with living systems and how such actions are examined from an experimental point of view.

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