The graduate program in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology is an interdepartmental program that offers graduate training towards the Ph.D. degree in the fields of molecular cell biology, cell biology, developmental biology and cancer biology. In order to provide a wide range of current research opportunities, this program is interdepartmental, comprised primarily of the faculty of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy and includes additional faculty from several other Departments and Centers at The Medical School.
These include the Departments of Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Urology, Surgery, Neurosurgery and Neurology, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Students have the opportunity to do research in the many areas of modern cell molecular and developmental biology. Research topics including the cytoskeleton, cell surface molecular biology, stem cells, lens, corneal and retinal biology, protein processing and sorting, signal transduction, airway biology, regulation of gene expression in development, podocyte biology, cancer, neuromuscular development, malignant transformation, growth factors, epithelial cell biology, organogenesis and tissue repair, pattern formation in early development, RNA localization, mitochondirla molecular biology and cancer therapeutics.
The primary objective of this interdisciplinary graduate program is to prepare students for careers as independent, Ph.D. level researchers and educators, in both academic institutions and in the biotechnology industry and other venues.
Students interested in the Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology (MDB) program are encouraged to make preliminary contact with the Graduate Program Director
at any time during the year.