Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology

Armed with a deep understanding of the structure of cells, professionals in the field of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) are leading the charge against some of the world's most prevalent illnesses and health problems.

Program at a Glance

Admissions cycles: Fall, rolling as space allows
Application deadline: Dec. 15
Assistantship types available: Research, Teaching
Graduate director: Wei Yan

Why choose this Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology?

Cell and Molecular Biology exists at the forefront of many types of life-saving research. This field helps the world to better understand the processes within cells -- a critical area for understanding the origins and progressions of diseases.  

Accordingly, a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology and Physiology is excellent preparation for high-level careers in biological and biomedical research, as well as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates of this program may also choose to teach at the University level.

The University's Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program, which hosts the CMB Ph.D., is a true interdisciplinary effort that pulls expertise from many areas around campus.  More than 60 participating faculty members are drawn from nine different departments. The program provides a supportive environment for more than 100 graduate students with excellent opportunities in a broad range of biological and biomedical research areas, including:

  • Contemporary biophysics
  • Cancer
  • Cell biology
  • Chemical biology
  • Immunology
  • Insect biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Plant biology

Students here pursue a rigorous training program with diverse research opportunities using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. A shared first-year curriculum and series of lab rotations introduce students to the full range of the molecular biosciences research community. From there, students branch off into specialties such as Cell and Molecular Biology.

For more on the faculty, curriculum and program, see the pages below:

How do I apply?

You can view the current entrance requirements on the Molecular Biosciences degrees and admissions page. Students must also meet the requirements of the University's Graduate School, which are detailed on the Graduate School admissions page. All applications must be submitted through the Graduate School.

Applications to the program are accepted through Dec. 15 in order to receive full consideration for admission for the fall semester. Applications are accepted after this date with acceptances conducted on a rolling basis as program space permits.

Is funding available?

All students in the Molecular Biosciences graduate program are offered research or teaching assistantships within their first year. Current information on these opportunities is available under the Assistantships heading on the Molecular Biosciences admissions page.

What's next?

If you are ready to begin at the University, you can apply now. To learn more about the program, complete the form on this page or contact:

Wei Yan, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular Biosciences
(775) 784-7765

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Contact Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program

Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557