Associate Professor and Director
Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development Program
Contact Jeff Moore
Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development (CSD). By exploring our website you can find out most of the details of our PhD program, but here I emphasize several highlights that our past and current students have found most important in selecting CSD for their graduate training.
Please take some time to look through our website to learn about the specific research areas of our internationally recognized faculty and CSD students. You can also find all the details about our curriculum, program events, student and faculty publications and information on how to apply for admission.
I look forward to reading your application!
Jeff Moore, PhD
Director, Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development
Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
The CSD program thus trains PhD students in 3 interrelated disciplines: Stem Cells, Cell Biology, and Development. Our doctoral students:
The PhD program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development trains graduate students to become proficient and successful investigators who are able to:
Students accepted in the PhD program are provided full tuition, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $37,000 per year for living expenses. Continued support is contingent upon satisfactory academic and research performance by the student. When a student enters a thesis lab, the thesis mentor assumes complete responsibility for the student’s stipend, tuition, fees, and associated research costs.
Students complete a minimum of three and a maximum of four research rotations in the laboratories of program faculty during the first 12 months of the program. The rotations provide the student a broad experimental experience and help the student to select a laboratory in which to pursue thesis research.
The Preliminary Exam is taken at the end of the first year. The general format of a preliminary examination for the Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development Graduate Program is a written grant proposal followed by an oral examination by a preliminary examination committee consisting of five faculty members representing different aspects of the research within CSD, such as Development, Cell Biology and Stem Cell Biology.
Year 1 | In the Fall semester, our students take the required Core Course. In Spring, our students are required to take our course in Developmental Biology (CSDV 7605) and Critical Analysis of Research (CSDV 7606). Also during that first year, each of our students performs three, 11 week long, laboratory rotations. At the end of the first year, students take a written preliminary examination covering all course materials (from all Fall and Spring semester courses), and then choose a thesis laboratory in which to do their doctoral work.
Year 2 | Second year students register for 5 or more research credits (CSCV 7650) per Fall and Spring semester, as they begin work in their thesis lab. Students also take a course on statistics and bioinformatics, and one Advanced Topics or Elective course in their 2nd year. To be admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree, students must pass an oral comprehensive examination around the end of their 2nd year in the program (but it must be taken by December of the 3rd year). This exam comprises a public seminar, followed by an oral defense of a written proposal based on the students thesis research.
Year 3 and Beyond | Following a successful comprehensive examination, students register for 5 doctoral thesis research credits, CSDV 8990, per Fall and Spring semesters. Additionally, students are required to take one Advanced Topics
or Elective course each year.
After passing the Comprehensive Examination, the student enters PhD candidacy. During the following years the students perform research towards a thesis defense. Students must give annual reports on the progress of their thesis research to the CSD faculty in the form of 30-minute seminars, and meet at least annually with their Thesis Committee. The Chairman of the Thesis Committee will meet with the GAC to discuss the student’s progress and will submit a brief written summary of the outcome of each meeting with the student.
Upon completion of a body of original research that constitutes a significant contribution of new knowledge to the field of cell and developmental biology, students will write a PhD thesis containing this information, and defend this document at an oral examination scheduled by the Graduate School. Check with the Graduate School for current deadlines, thesis format requirements and required paperwork prior to writing the thesis and scheduling the defense.
Explore the CSD handbook for more information about curriculum requirements