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Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program

Potential students should apply to the Basic Biomedical Sciences umbrella program.

Basic Biomedical Sciences Umbrella Program; First-year students complete a core curriculum with: Core Course, 2+ Laboratory Rotations; Responsible Conduct of Research Training in Integrity, Ethics, and Excellence. Second-year students take a qualifying exam to enter the Ph.D. program: Collaborative and Cross-Disciplinary

About the Cell and Molecular Biology Program

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The Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology provides training opportunities for students interested in studying cellular functions ranging from molecular mechanisms to functional behavior. The Program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research, which covers a variety of areas, including but not limited to:

  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Systems biology
  • Bioinformatics and biomathematics
Sanchari Datta

“Our program offers a collaborative environment where we receive continuous feedback and criticism on our research from several labs, learn different techniques, and develop communication skills.”

Sanchari Datta

Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

Zane Gibbs

“I believe it’s difficult for an academic institution to have both great science and supportive, down-to-earth people, but UTSW has both, and in large quantities.”

Zane Gibbs

Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program


Going Beyond Lab Research

Advanced courses, journal clubs, symposia, works-in-progress seminars, and intensive training in the development of independent research projects prepare Cell and Molecular Biology students for completion of the Ph.D. degree and future success in their career of choice. This is facilitated by diverse, active, and collaborative faculty committed to mentoring the next generation of top-notch scientists.

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  • Advanced Coursework

    Our faculty are committed to providing high-quality coursework to help students reach their professional goals.

  • Grant Writing

    Our program offers a grant-writing course in which students work with experienced faculty to develop skills for identifying innovative research questions and building research plans for their effective resolution.

  • Journal Clubs

    Journal clubs are an educational addition to formal coursework that explore cutting-edge scientific questions and provide opportunities for valuable discussion.

  • Works-in-Progress Seminars

    Faculty actively participate in weekly works-in-progress seminars and provide students with the opportunity for individual mentoring on presentation skills.

How to Apply and Qualify

Potential students should apply to the Basic Biomedical Sciences umbrella program. First-year students complete a core curriculum that includes a core course, two or three laboratory rotations, and training in grantsmanship and the responsible conduct of research.

Students interested in joining the program are required to take the Cells thread of the core course during their first semester. Students who perform satisfactorily in the core course are qualified to enter the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program.

The Program also administers a specialty curriculum in pharmacological sciences that is open to students from all of the basic science graduate programs.

Meet the Director

Angelique Whitehurst, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Graduate School: Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2004
Postdoctoral Training: UT Southwestern Medical Center

“My mission is to provide the most up-to-date curriculum, opportunities to build relationships with program students and faculty, guidance for the timely completion of thesis work, and career advice during graduate school and beyond.” Read Dr. Whitehurst’s full message.

Angelique Whitehurst, Ph.D.

Contact the Graduate School

Lisa Gardner, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean

Phone: 214-648-0718

Lisa Gardner, Ph.D.

Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Phone: 214-648-0733

Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D.

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

Phone: 214-648-2527

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

Deborah Evalds

Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 214-648-0007

Deborah Evalds