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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Cell and Developmental Biology 148 Programs  


The graduate program in cell and developmental biology is part of a diverse, interactive community of biological scientists working at Rutgers and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The graduate program has approximately 130 faculty members from the two universities. Faculty research spans the fields of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Researchers draw upon diverse experimental systems to study such subjects as developmental, human, and molecular genetics; signal transduction and regulation of gene expression; developmental biology; cancer biology; regulation, structure, and function of the cytoskeleton; parasitology; cellular and molecular endocrinology; ultrastructural and molecular analysis of mammalian cells; and neurobiology.

Applicants are expected to have had one year each of undergraduate mathematics, chemistry, and physics and two years of biology-related courses. Those who lack some of these prerequisites may complete them (without graduate credit) after admission to the program. Undergraduate concentrations in biology or other life sciences and research experience are desirable but not necessary. The graduate program in cell and developmental biology offers advanced studies leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Classroom instruction combines a core of courses in biochemistry and molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, and developmental biology, with area courses aimed at a student's specialty. Other graduate-level courses at Rutgers and UMDNJ-RWJMS provide training in such related areas as neurobiology, immunology, biostatics, computer science, and systems physiology. The goal of the program is to provide a challenging and rewarding environment in which students can develop fully their research and teaching skills.*

While requirements for the Ph.D. students may vary with the area of specialization, all students are expected to complete certain courses during their first two years in the program. This core curriculum includes biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, and laboratory rotations. For advanced graduate students, the program offers special topic courses in cell and developmental biology. The minimum requirement for the Ph.D. degree is 72 credits. To qualify as a candidate for a Ph.D. degree, a student must pass a written comprehensive examination, make an acceptable oral presentation, and successfully defend a research proposal before a graduate faculty committee. A minimum of one academic year in residence is required. The program has no foreign language requirement.

Students may pursue a master's degree with or without writing a thesis. The requirement for the degree without thesis is 30 credits of coursework. This includes a minimum of 1 credit of 16:148:509,510 Advanced Problems in Biology and the acceptance of the student's library or research project by a committee of three program faculty members. The requirements for the M.S. degree with thesis are a minimum of 24 course credits, 6 credits of research, and the satisfactory completion and defense of the thesis. All students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better to remain in the program.

Teaching assistantships are available for first-year and advanced graduate students. The program also offers fellowships to outstanding applicants. Joint Ph.D. degrees are available in this program. Further information about these may be found in the Degree Programs Available chapter.

* Admission is offered by the consolidated graduate programs in molecular biosciences. For further information, refer to the Molecular Biosciences heading within this chapter.

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