The PhD program in Molecular Medicine is designed for students who desire a rigorous research training program to prepare them for scientific careers in academia or biotechnology. The program provides students with thorough theoretical and practical hands-on training in the broad area of molecular medicine-related research, as well as expertise in a highly focused area relevant to their PhD research topic. Research topics of faculty mentors in this program will include, but will not be limited to, topics such as cardiac, liver, kidney, lung, skeletal muscle, skin, bone, intestinal, vascular, brain and eye diseases; dissertation topics can focus on either the mechanistic aspects of the disease or the development of treatment options to reverse the pathogenic symptoms.
Molecular Medicine PhD students are required to take:BIOC 515 , BIOC 573 (6 units), BIOC 581 and BIOC 582 . In the second and subsequent years, students are required to register in BIOC 573 during the fall and spring semesters. In addition, students must complete at least 4 units of BIOC 794a Doctoral Dissertation , BIOC 794b Doctoral Dissertation .
PhD students must supplement course work by registering for either elective courses or BIOC 790 Research during the fall, spring and summer semesters as needed to complete the minimum 60 units required for the PhD program.
As part of the requirements for the PhD degree in Molecular Medicine, students must adhere to the unit/course requirements, guidance committee and dissertation committee guidelines and must complete the qualifying examination, annual research appraisal and dissertation with oral defense as outlined in the PhD Programs in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (PIBBS) section of the catalogue.