Laboratory research underlies all the disciplines represented in the Graduate School, and an understanding of the modern scientific method is a basic learning objective that is common to all our programs. Our faculty comprises experienced investigators who provide practical lab experience and mentoring to Graduate School students.
Conducting scientific research is, of course, a requirement for all Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students from the beginning of their program. These students will rotate through several labs before choosing a sponsor and topic for their dissertation research.
For M.S. students, however, undertaking a research project is encouraged but not required. Students completing our Master’s programs have three options: composing a thesis based on original research, serving an internship in an organization, or writing a literature review. Even if a student chooses one of the latter two options, we believe it is worthwhile to do a short-term (summer or semester) lab rotation in order to gain valuable hands-on experience “at the bench.” The skills and knowledge gained through research work enhance and extend classroom learning and prepare students for a broader range of career options.
Graduate School students can choose to work with any of our active faculty investigators, representing the following disciplines: biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology and immunology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology.