General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 15
  • Students: 30
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Part time study available: No
  • Test required: GRE General. GRE Subject (Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology) recommended
Application Info


Jodi Belanger, Program Coordinator

Cell Biology
c/o Graduate Studies
Cell and Molecular Biology Program
Box 3709
Durham, North Carolina 27710
(919) 684-8073



The Department of Cell Biology accepts students through the Graduate School and training grant programs, primarily the Cell and Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology and Genetics and Genomics training programs. Students entering through a program are free to affiliate with any program member. Currently, Duke has an exceptional diversity of training programs, including Structural Biochemistry and Biophysics, Pharmacological Sciences, Genetics, Medical Scientist Training Program, Integrated Toxicology, Molecular Cancer Biology, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Cellular and Biosurface Engineering, Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

Program Description

The Department of Cell Biology offers a program of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Graduate School at Duke University. Research in the department is multidisciplinary with particular strengths in cytoskeletal, cell, developmental, epithelial and stem cell biology. Investigators use state of the art techniques including confocal, live video and electron microscopy, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, and gene targeting. Understanding the normal processes of cell, tissue and developmental biology leads us to discover the mechanistic basis for disease, including birth defects, heart disease, drug addiction and cancer.


Application Information

As noted above, the Department of Cell Biology does not accept applications directly. Rather, students enter Cell Biology from any of the interdepartmental training programs. Students interested in research in Cell Biology should apply to the Graduate School, listing one of many training programs as the area of specialization. Admission to any of these programs guarantees funding for the term of the Ph.D. A limited number of funding slots are available to foreign students.

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