The goal of the BMCB graduate program is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in careers in the life sciences. By completion of the BMCB PhD program, students will:
- Demonstrate broad knowledge in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology and expert knowledge in a specific subfield.
- Understand and implement scientific methodology to build and test novel models based on experimental observations and the broader context of a field, iteratively re-evaluate hypotheses based on new observations, apply knowledge to new situations.
- Learn to communicate effectively with both scientists and non-scientists through oral and written modes, build collaborative and cooperative interactions, appreciate and implement responsible practices in the conduct of research, strengthen and advance quantitative skills, explore career options and become informed of their associated paths.
With these learning outcomes in mind, the BMCB graduate program provides training through complementary activities that span the entire training period (see below) and that actively engage program faculty and students in a partnership of mutual learning. The activities may be broadly grouped into formal coursework (white), community-based activities (blue), and research (red). For the latter, students study under the mentorship of and in close collaboration with small groups of faculty but retain the benefits of our open scientific community through program-wide presentations of their research.
The training plan is designed to allow completion of the core requirements by the end of the second year, and the average time to degree is between five and six years.