Cell and Molecular Biology: Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology, PhD
Cell and Molecular Biology
The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group (CAMB) is an interdisciplinary graduate program, providing rigorous training in modern cell and molecular biology, preparing students for leadership careers in biomedical research. Within this integrated program are six discipline areas: Cancer Biology; Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism; Developmental, Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology; Gene Therapy and Vaccines; Genetics and Epigenetics; and Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology. Program faculty include more than 300 scientists representing 35 departments from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Wistar Institute and Fox Chase Cancer Center. The research efforts of these scientists are diverse in their focus, experimental system, methodology, and represent the leading edge of basic and translational biomedical science.
Students from colleges and universities around the nation and the world are enrolled in the program, selecting one discipline area based on their scientific interests, yet have access to the full breadth of curricular and research opportunities provided by this large and diverse program. Our students participate in core courses in cell and molecular biology, specialized coursework in one or more discipline areas, and original hypothesis-driven thesis research. Upon completion of the PhD, they pursue successful research careers at top academic institutions, in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and in other biomedicine-related career paths.
For more information: http://www.med.upenn.edu/camb/
Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
The Program in Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology provides students an opportunity to undertake concentrated study in the molecular and cellular biology of viral and bacterial pathogenesis and parasitology. Program faculty conduct research in a broad range of disciplines, including Bacteriology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Immune Response, Microbial Genomics and Evolution, Parasitology, Tumor Virology, Virology, and Host Microbiome. Viruses, parasites, prions, and bacteria are a major cause of human morbidity and mortality. Disease resulting from HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis are becoming more prevalent. The threat of emerging infectious diseases, such as Zika and West Nile viruses, and bioterrorism also calls for increased research in the area of microbiology. Students study human pathogens, as well as their interplay with host resident microbial populations, learning much about normal cell biology, molecular biology, and immunology, as well as developing strategies for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.
|BIOM 555||Regulation of the Genome|
|BIOM 600||Cell Biology|
|BIOM 610||Data Analysis for Life Sciences 1|
|CAMB 605||CAMB First Year Seminar|
|CAMB 706||MVP Core|
|CAMB 510||Immunology for CAMB|
|or IMUN 506||Immune Mechanisms|
|Select two program electives|
|Select two electives|
|CAMB 699||Lab Rotation|
|CAMB 899||Pre-dissertation Research|
Or other statistics course with approval of the Graduate Group.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.
Sample Plan of Study
|CAMB First Year Seminar|
|Regulation of the Genome|
|Data Analysis for Life Sciences|
|Immunology for CAMB|
or IMUN 506
|Year 3 and Beyond|