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During their first nine months of study students engage in a schedule of laboratory rotations with faculty whose programs are of particular relevance to each student's interests. At least three rotations of three months each are undertaken to assure exposure to a diversity of problems and approaches. Moreover, the rotations aid students in making a decision as to which faculty mentor to approach for supervision of research for the doctoral dissertation.

Candidacy for the Ph.D. requires successful completion of a qualifying examination in which a student presents and defends a research proposal written in the format of a grant application. On admission to candidacy a period of two to three years is required for the conduct of the dissertation research and the writing of the dissertation itself.



For departmental faculty members' research, mouseover different areas of the cell.