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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Natural Sciences

Cell and Molecular Biology

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Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

Facilities of this interdisciplinary program include those maintained by the participating programs in biochemistry; ecology, evolution, and behavior; microbiology; nutritional sciences; and plant biology.

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Areas of Study

Cell and molecular biology encompasses disciplines in biochemistry, biology, and nutrition. Physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer sciences support the degree programs in cell and molecular biology. University programs in pharmacy, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering also include study in cell and molecular biology.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Creed W. Abell
Seema Agarwala
Orly Alter
Eric V. Anslyn
Dean R. Appling
Karen Artzt
Nigel S. Atkinson
Susan Bergeson
George D. Bittner
Henry R. Bose Jr.
Shawn B. Bratton
R. Malcolm Brown Jr.
Karen Browning
Jim Bull
Clarence S. M. Chan
David P. Crews
Maria Croyle
Kevin N. Dalby
Arturo De Lozanne
Su Dharmawardhane
Jaquelin P. Dudley
Charles F. Earhart Jr.
Andrew Ellington
Walter Fast
Janice Fischer
Ernst-Ludwig Florin
George Georgiou
Nace L. Golding
Andrea Gore
Ellen Gottlieb
David E. Graham
Robin Gutell
Marvin L. Hackert
Adron Harris
Rasika M. Harshey
Graeme A. Henkelman
David L. Herrin
David M. Hillis
David W. Hoffman
Jon M. Huibregtse
Enamul Huq
Brent L. Iverson
Vishwanath R. Iyer
Robert K. Jansen
Makkuni Jayaram
Arlen W. Johnson
Kenneth A. Johnson
Daniel Johnston
Christopher Jolly
Thomas E. Juenger
Klaus O. Kalthoff
James P. Kehrer
Sean M. Kerwin
G. Barrie Kitto
Kimberly Kline
Robert M. Krug
Alan M. Lambowitz
Michelle A. Lane
Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu
Alan Martin Lloyd
Paul MacDonald
Lara K. Mahal
Dmitrii E. Makarov
Edward M. Marcotte
Mia Markey
Stephen F. Martin
Mona Mehdy
Richard J. Meyer
Lauren A. Meyers
John Mihic
Ian J. Molineux
Hitoshi Morikawa
Richard A. Morrisett
Theresa O'Halloran
David M. Parichy
Tanya T. Paull
Shelley M. Payne
Martin Poenie
George D. Pollak
Rebecca Richards-Kortum
John H. Richburg
Austen Fox Riggs II
Mendell Rimer
Jon D. Robertus
Stanley J. Roux Jr.
Krishnendu Roy
Rick Russell
Bob G. Sanders
Christine E. Schmidt
Marty Shankland
Jason B. Shear
John C. Sisson
David Stein
Scott W. Stevens
Laura J. Suggs
Paul J. Szaniszlo
John J. G. Tesmer
Wesley J. Thompson
Ming Tian
Philip W. Tucker
James R. Walker
John B. Wallingford
Tandy Warnow
Christian P. Whitman
Y. Whitney Yin
Harold H. Zakon
Bing Zhang
Zhiwen Zhang
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Admission Requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of strong accomplishment in the natural sciences, documented by undergraduate grades and a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in an area such as one of the biological sciences, chemistry, or physics. Preparation should include at least one year each of calculus, biology (genetics, molecular biology, and/or cell biology are recommended), organic chemistry, biochemistry, and general physics. Deficiencies in undergraduate work should be corrected before application to the program.

Because the graduate program is focused on the doctoral degree, students seeking only the master's degree are not admitted.

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Degree Requirements

Master of Arts. The master's degree is only granted under special circumstances. The student must have the approval of the graduate adviser.

Doctor of Philosophy. The doctoral degree program requires the student to accomplish creative, independent research and to document the research in a scholarly dissertation. In preparation, the student must acquire a strong foundation in biochemistry, molecular genetics, and cell biology and a working knowledge of the area of biology in which he or she intends to conduct research. This preparation is provided by the core courses and electives required for the master's degree. The student must earn a grade of at least B in each core course. To be admitted to candidacy for the degree, the student must formulate a feasible research program and pass a qualifying examination.

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Dual Degree Program

Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Medicine

The graduate program in cell and molecular biology participates in a dual degree program with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Applicants must apply separately to and be admitted to both the PhD program in cell and molecular biology at the University of Texas at Austin and the medical school at UTMB. Students accepted into the dual degree program spend their first two years in the medical school at UTMB, followed by three to four years of doctoral work at UT Austin and eighteen months of clinical rotations. The degrees are conferred separately by each institution. Additional information may be found online.

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For More Information

Campus address: Louise and James Robert Moffett Molecular Biology Building (MBB) 1.220H, phone (512) 471-2150, fax (512) 471-2149; campus mail code: A4810

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, 1 University Station A4810, Austin TX 78712



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