Superior ability needs to be demonstrated by grade-point
average (minimum GPA of 3.0), letters of recommendation, and score on the
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. A GRE subject test is not
required. TOEFL scores are required of students from countries in which English
is not the primary language.
Appropriate undergraduate preparation might include a concentration in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology,
developmental biology, microbiology, neurobiology, genetics, or a related
field. Successful applicants have
typically had some exposure to laboratory research and are able to articulate
why further training in graduate school is desired.