Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Graduate Program

The Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Graduate Program offers research-based Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Anatomy & Cell Biology and Pharmacology. Cancer biology is a general focus in the program, but laboratories span the gamut from basic biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology to translational research, drug development, and clinical trials. Faculty mentors are leading researchers using cutting edge methods. Our research program is heavily integrated with research in the neighboring Indiana University-Bloomington Departments of Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry and with the Indiana Molecular Biology Institute and Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics. Furthermore, we are a part of the Indiana University School of Medicine, and collaborative opportunities exist with research laboratories in Indianapolis, including those of the IU Simon Cancer Center. Graduates of the CMCB program have obtained the training and research experience necessary for successful careers in biomedical research, both in university and biotech settings. Bloomington is an affordable city with urban amenities, including theatre productions, live music, art exhibits and a wide-range of culinary options, while still being located in the hilly, forested landscape of south-central Indiana.

    All students admitted to the PhD program receive some form of stipend to cover living expenses during the academic year and during the summer (Teaching Assistantship, Research Assistantship, Training Grant support, Fellowship). In addition, the university provides student health insurance.

    • All applicants for admission are automatically considered for financial support.
    • Support is guaranteed for 5 years.
    • Because Bloomington is extremely affordable, students can live very comfortably on their stipend.

    Graduate students in CMCB laboratories can be supported by a number of means:

    • NIH Training Grant in Genetics, Cellular & Molecular Sciences
    • NIH Training Grant in Quantitative and Chemical Biology
    • Individual grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • Predoctoral fellowships from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    • The Duone and Eunice Dahl Wright Graduate Student Fellowship
    • Many advanced graduate students are supported as Research Assistants by a grant to the research lab in which they are working. Most laboratories are funded by 1-3 grants from NIH, American Cancer Society and the Department of Defense
    • Associate Instructorships (teaching assistantships) are available for eligible students in the CMCB program, and require a maximum of 20 hours teaching-related duties per week

    Application deadline is December 1st

    Admission requirements include:

    • The equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution of higher education
    • GRE general test (an advanced test is not required)
    • For non-native English speakers, TOEFL scores

    If you wish to apply please complete the on-line application forms available at Please note that the academic program you need to select is Medicine. In addition,as the CMCB graduate program requirements are currently being restructured for the 2016-2017 academic year. Applicants are encouraged to apply to one of the two academic plans listed below.

    • Anatomy & Cell Biology
    • Pharmacology

    For more detailed instructions, please see information for Domestic Applicants or International Applicants.

    Paper copies of the application for international students are available from the International Admissions Office. Please request this via email at:

    Those interested in the combined MD/Ph.D. program must submit separate applications to the School of Medicine Admissions Office for the MD program and to the Medical Sciences Graduate Program for the graduate degree program.

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