Research course

Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Medicine Ph.D. program

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from another institution. Completion of two years of undergraduate biology, one year each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and at least one semester of calculus. Overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Months of entry


Course content

The Cell Biology, Genetics & Molecular Medicine discipline is the gateway to all basic, medical and translational research. We emphasize the importance of Cell and Molecular Biology approaches to study the foundations of life, health, and disease. Our discipline is designed for graduate students with a broad interest in investigating how prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells function as a living unit, respond to external cues, communicate with other cells, and contribute to the homeostatic and pathological processes in complex systems.

The program offers maximum flexibility and can be individually tailored to a specific student's interests including aging, cancer, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, metabolism and physiology. We stress the development of a student's ability to think critically and to pursue hypothesis-driven research. We also encourage students to combine our advanced curriculum in Cellular and Molecular Medicine with any of the advanced core courses in the other IBMS disciplines.

The Cell Biology, Genetics, & Molecular Medicine discipline is housed in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology which is consistently ranked in the top third of all cell/molecular biology departments in the nation for total NIH funding.

Information for international students

The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 68 for iBT. The minimum score for the academic version of the IELTS test is 6.5. Scores for either test must have been taken within two years of applying for admission.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students receive a stipend of $26,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program. Typically tuition is covered by the program in the first year and by faculty mentor or other grant sources thereafter.

Qualification and course duration


full time
60 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Anthony