This program is jointly sponsored by the UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Rutgers University Graduate School–New Brunswick. The program is designed to provide training at the interface of genomics, cell biology, and organismal physiology. Specific topics include molecular endocrinology, cardiovascular research, cancer biology, membrane structure and signal transduction, and the physiological bases of diseases.
Students will enter the physiology and integrative biology program by applying to the Consolidated Programs in Molecular Biosciences, and will receive their degrees from both UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Rutgers' Graduate School–New Brunswick. Most students will receive a full tuition waiver, a stipend, and health benefits for the duration of their studies.
Direct admission to the program will also be considered for students with an advanced background (e.g., students transferring from other universities with advanced courses or an M.S. degree). In such cases, certain credits can be transferred toward the graduate degree. In addition, a program leading to a master of science in physiology and integrative biology is offered to meet the needs of students with particular interests. This master's program offers an excellent foundation for future careers in the biomedical professions or in academic or pharmaceutical research. The master's program includes one year of advanced coursework and hands-on laboratory experience, followed by a year of intensive laboratory investigation in a mentored environment with a final written thesis.
A minimum of 72 credits will be required for the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, of which at least 32 credits must come from formal coursework and at least 24 credits must come from thesis research. All required courses, including the core curriculum in the molecular biosciences program and elective courses, offered in the physiology and integrative biology program must be passed with a grade of B or better.
The qualifying examination for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree will consist of two parts: a written exam given at the end of the first year, and an oral exam to be given before the end of the student's second year in the program. The written exam will be based on the material studied in the required core courses of the first year and on a selection of journal articles provided to the students before the exam. The oral exam will consist of a formal written proposal of a project that may or may not be related to the student's thesis research.
Students may also participate in the M.D./Ph.D. program. Such students will be expected to choose a laboratory and research sponsor during the second year of medical school, and begin full-time Ph.D. work in the following summer.