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The Program in Development, Cell & Neurobiology leads to a Ph.D. degree with an area of concentration in cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, or neurobiology. The goal of the program is to train promising students for competitive careers in research and teaching. Students are encouraged to develop broad expertise in the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, and cell physiology. Students become involved in ongoing research projects during the first year in laboratory rotation and are encouraged to identify a dissertation adviser during this period or shortly thereafter. After the second year of the Ph.D. program, a student may qualify to take a preliminary examination. Upon satisfactory completion, the student is entered into candidacy. Course work should be largely completed at this time, and candidates may concentrate on their dissertation research. Students receive close, individual training in laboratory technique and scientific acumen from the graduate faculty. Faculty members are integrally involved with the LSUHSC Neuroscience Center of Excellence, the LSUHSC Eye Center, and the LSUHSC Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center. Interaction with other members of these centers is encouraged. The number of direct admission applicants to the program may be limited so it is encouraged that applicants also apply to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program.

The following items are required for admission: 

  1. Official copy of transcripts from each institution attended
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. A written statement outlining the student's goals and expectations
  4. An official report of your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (Code 6600)

Deadlines and Application Review Cycle:

First Review of Applications – December 15
Final Submission Deadline - April 1

All applications received by December 15 will be reviewed and considered for admission. Additional applications will be reviewed and considered until available spots have been filled for the program.

Application link: https://graduatestudies.lsuhsc.edu/admissions_and_application.aspx

For more information contact:  Dr. Tiffany Wills (twills@lsuhsc.edu