Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Graduate Program
The Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology (CMCB) graduate program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that involves faculty and research from multiple departments on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The emphasis of the program is on the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to the proliferative growth associated with cancer. The primary objective of this graduate program is to train independent research investigators who can make contributions to their fields of knowledge while working in academic/government institutions or industry laboratories. In addition, students are given the opportunity to explore a multitude of other career possibilities while working toward their degree.
- 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.
- 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
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.
Graduate students in CMCB laboratories can be supported by a number of means:
Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in the sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular/Cell Biology), and have appropriate coursework to prepare them for graduate level work in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics. Applications must include a completed online application, letters of recommendation, undergraduate transcripts and scores on the Graduate Record Exam General Test ( GRE ). In addition the The Test of English as a Foreign Language ( TOEFL ) is required for all students whose native language is not English. (See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
A total of 90 credit hours are required for partial fulfillment of the Ph.D. degree. Of these, 24.5 credits are earned by completing the course requirements for the CMCB major. (see below) An additional 6-12 credits are earned by completing the requirements for the minor, depending on type. All remaining credits are earned through enrollment in M800, independent thesis research.
BIOC-B 501 Integrated Biochemistry BIOL-L 585 Genetics and Bioinformatics MSCI-M 510 Research Methods BIOL-L 523 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature MSCI-M 580 Molecular Biology of Cancer MSCI-M 509 Basics of Scientific Communication BIOL-Z 620 Grant Writing MSCI-M6XX Precision Medicine of Cancer MSCI-M 550 Seminar in Cancer Biology MSCI-M 800 Research
See the IU graduate bulletin entry for further details.
Required. A doctoral student in CMCB may minor in any appropriate related discipline, such as Genetics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, or Chemical and Physical Biology.
To be composed of research advisor, the CMCB faculty, and an individual from the minor discipline.
The Ph.D. qualifying examination includes both a written proposal on the thesis research as well as an oral defense of that proposal.
Students must give a public research seminar followed by an oral defense with the student’s dissertation committee.
One year of supervised teaching experience is encouraged.
Master of Science Degree in Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology
A total of 36 credit hours are required for partial fulfillment of the MS degree. Of these, 18.5 credits are earned by completing the course requirements for the CMCB major (see below). All remaining credits are earned through enrollment in M800, independent thesis research.
BIOC-B 501 Integrated Biochemistry BIOL-L 585 Genetics and Bioinformatics MSCI-M 510 Research Methods BIOL-L 523 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature MSCI-M 580 Molecular Biology of Cancer MSCI-M 509 Basics of Scientific Communication MSCI-M6XX Precision Medicine of Cancer MSCI-M 550 Seminar in Cancer Biology MSCI-M 800 Research
The thesis must be approved by the student’s thesis committee prior to awarding of the degree, which may include an oral defense of the thesis.
One year of supervised teaching experience is encouraged. >
- 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
Application deadline is December 1st
Admission requirements include:
If you wish to apply please complete the on-line application forms available at http://www.gradapp.indiana.edu/. Please note that the academic program you need to select is Medicine.
Paper copies of the application for international students are available from the International Admissions Office. Please request this via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.