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Biology: Cellular and Molecular (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Department of Biology offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biology. The Cell and Molecular Biology concentration offers a specialized track in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, special emphasis on infectious diseases. The Ph.D. in Biology is awarded to candidates who have displayed an in-depth understanding of the subject matter and demonstrated the ability to make an original contribution to knowledge in their field of specialty.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology?

  • A large group of faculty actively engaged in a wide range of research interests.
  • A highly structured Ph.D. curriculum designed to foster the success of students and graduation within five years.
  • A highly interactive and well-conceived curriculum designed to train students in all aspects of cell & molecular biology including intellectual advancement as well as training in specific research areas.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, preferably in biology, from an accredited university and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division and graduate work. Applicants must submit, along with the application:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A Statement of Future Plans
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must score at least 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper version or 100 on the Internet version. 
  • Admission requires appointment to a teaching assistantship, research assistantship, or research fellowship. The Doctoral Studies Committees for each concentration, comprised of members selected from the graduate faculty in each program, are responsible for reviewing applications for admission. 

Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate

Completion of the CMB Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in academia, biotechnology, biomedical industries, government research, or positions in research institutes.

Research taking place in the Cellular and Molecular Biology (Ph.D.) program

Provide expertise in bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology, immunology, vaccinology, biodefense, and molecular genetics. Click here for a list of faculty associated with the CMB Ph.D. program and links to descriptions of their research programs.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: John McCarrey, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-4507

Degree Website: Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology

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Funding Opportunities

Teaching and research assistantships are offered, as well as research fellowships.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • This program is housed on UTSA’s Main campus.
  • The CMB Ph.D. curriculum is offered through daytime courses only. Participation in the CMB Ph.D. program is considered a full-time activity.

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