Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Graduate Program


Graduate programs leading to the Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Anatomy & Cell Biology, Pharmacology, and Physiology are offered by Medical Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington. The primary objective of these graduate programs is to train independent research investigators who can make contributions to their fields of knowledge while working in academic or government institutions or in industry laboratories.

The programs stress the relationship between structure and function in health and disease. Opportunities exist for interactions with faculty and students in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Programs in Biochemistry and Neural Science, the Indiana Molecular Biology Institute, the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, and the Indiana University Proteomics Research and Development Facility.


  • Application deadline
  • December 1st

  • Admission requirements
  • Requirements include the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution of higher education, scores of 55th percentile or above on each portion of the GRE general test (an advanced test is not required), TOEFL of 100 iBT (internet based)  or 600 pBT (paper-based)  or above, (international students only) and a GPA in science courses of 3.0 or the equivalent.

    If, after examining our admissions criteria and program description, you wish to apply please complete the on-line application forms available at 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.


    Medical Sciences Curriculum and Degree Requirements

    Each of the basic medical sciences disciplines — anatomy, pharmacology, and physiology — administered by the Medical Sciences program of the School of Medicine on the Bloomington campus offers work leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

    Please select a program below to view the degree requirements and curriculum:

  • Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology


  • NEWS
  • Microenvironment-induced downregulation of miR-193b drives ovarian cancer metastasis

    Apr 28th, 2015

    Anirban K Mitra, Assistant Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics has recently published his research in Oncogene. His study links paracrine signals from the microenvironment to the regulation of a key miRNA - miR-193b - in ovarian cancer cells, which promotes metastatic colonization.

    New link between motor proteins and breast cancer

    Apr 21th, 2015

    Collaborative work between Claire Walczak (Medical Sciences) and Ritu Aneja (Georgia Tech) reveals that overexpression of the mitotic kinesin, HSET, promotes tumor progression.

    American Cancer Society awards Research Scholar Grant to Dr. Heather Hundley

    Apr 21th, 2015

    Heather A. Hundley, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been awarded a $775,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to support her project “Mechanisms Regulating RNA Editing at Specific Sites in the Transcriptome.”


    Comparison of MAPK specificity across the ETS transcription factor family identifies a high-affinity ERK interaction required for ERG function in prostate cells

    Selvaraj N, Kedage V, Hollenhorst PC

    ERK signaling regulates the opposing roles of JUN family transcription factors at ETS/AP-1 sites and in cell migration

    Selvaraj N, Budka JA, Ferris MW, Plotnik JP, Hollenhorst PC

    Regulatory mechanisms that control mitotic kinesins

    Yount AL, Zong H, Walczak CE

  • Peter Hollenhorst, PhD

    Aug. 31, 4pm JH 009

    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Medical Sciences Program,
    Indiana University Bloomington, IN

    Lindsey D. Mayo, PhD

    Sept. 14, 4pm JH 009

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Wells Center for Pediatric Research
    Indianapolis, IN

    Charles N. Landen Jr, MD

    Sept. 21, 4pm JH 009

    Associate Professor
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Virginia Cancer Center

    Qianben Wang, PhD

    Sept. 28, 4pm JH 009

    Associate Professor
    Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics and the Comprehensive Cancer Center
    College of Medicine the Ohio State University

  • CME conference

    Ethical Decisions for End of Life Care

    Wednesday, Jul 8th

    Shawn Gerber, M.Div.
    BCC Director, Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy IU Health Bloomington
    Bloomington, IN

    Pediatric Trauma

    Friday, Jul 10th

    Yueh Chang Ho, MD
    Assistant Prof. of Radiology
    Indianapolis, IN

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Wednesday, Jul 15th

    Otto Wickstrom, MD
    IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians
    Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
    Bloomington, IN

    Personalized Medicine: Challenges to Patients & their Physicians

    Friday, Jul 24th

    Kenneth Cornetta, MD
    IU Dept. of Medical & Molecular Genetics

    The Increasing Complexity of Venous Thromboembolic Disease

    Friday, Jul 31st

    Kenneth Cornetta, MD
    David Hedrick, MD

    Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center
    Indianapolis, IN

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