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Explore the dynamic field of biomedical sciences in this cutting-edge interdisciplinary doctoral program. Core coursework integrated with seminars and laboratory rotations expose students to the breadth of biomedical inquiry prior to pursuing advanced research concentrations. In this interdisciplinary program, students will be required to master a broad knowledge of basic biomedical sciences. Integration of coursework is reinforced by laboratory experiences and seminars that highlight the interdisciplinary relationship and approach to biomedical research. The student progresses from a set of core courses to advanced courses in their chosen concentration and an in-depth doctoral research project. Under guidance of the graduate faculty, the student will integrate knowledge from the broad spectrum of biomedical disciplines into his or her focus in an area of specialization.
Students choose from five competitive concentrations: Bioelectrical Science, Bioinformatics & Genomics, Biological Chemistry, Microbiology & Immunology or Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine
Work with award winning research faculty
This course will cover macromolecular structure, function, thermodynamic stability and folding kinetics; protein chemistry; molecular biology; and molecular mechanisms of disease and bioinformatics.
This course will cover selected current topics in cell biology that reflect recent advances in the field. Major topics include membranes and transport, signal transduction, cell adhesion and motility, cell cycle, apoptosis, and specialized cell functions. Students will read current research papers that describe the latest innovations in microscopic and molecular analysis of cellular function. This course is built on previous coursework in cell biology by reinforcing key fundamental concepts and performing a more in-depth examination of cellular mechanisms. Prerequisite: Course background in cell biology is recommended.
The goals of this course are a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms involved in molecular genetics and gene function and in-depth exploration of modern experimental analyses of these processes. Topics include DNA replication, repair, and recombination; transcription; epigenetic regulation of transcription; chromatin structure, histone modifications, transcription factors, and regulatory RNAs; long-range chromatin interactions and gene regulation; post-transcriptional gene regulation and translation; molecular biology based experimental analysis of gene function; and experimental genomic approaches to gene regulation and gene function.
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Biomedical Sciences should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a B (3.00) average on a 4.0 scale. Students with advanced degrees are encouraged to apply.
GRE scores: 300 combined verbal and quantitative, and at least a 3.5 on the analytical writing section. The MCAT can substitute for the GRE (minimum score 501). These required exams are waived if the student attended Old Dominion University for their B.S. or M.S. degree, but are still required from students applying from other universities.
Research experience is highly desirable.
Writing Proficiency Policy: The Graduate Admissions Committee will request a writing sample from each new student on a science-related topic. If the committee feels that remedial assistance in writing is needed, the student will be referred to the university's Writing Center.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students with a degree outside of the United States: The minimum TOEFL iBT test score is 84 and with a minimum of 26 for the speaking portion. The TOEFL exam is the onlyacceptable test for satisfying the English proficiency requirement.Other test scores (GRE Verbal, IELTS, Pearson PTE, etc.) are not accepted for admission to the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences.
Consideration of applicants for entrance into the fall semester will begin December 15th and continue until the class is filled. The closing date to receive complete applications is March 15th.
Note: Students holding a bachelor's degree in another, related field such as computer science, mathematics and physics may need to take leveling courses in the biological and chemical sciences or pursue master's level work in those fields. Both the Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments offer master's degrees.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). English Proficiency Requirement for Non-Native Speakers of English, 84 internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Three letters of recommendation
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