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Developmental and Stem Cell Biology*

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Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program
Program Administrator
Box 103855
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 668-4066

General Information

Degree offered:
Certificate. Ph.D. admitting program. * - Students may apply and be admitted directly to this program, but the Ph.D. degree is offered only through one of the participating departments. After the second year of study at Duke, students must select and identify a participating department in which they plan to earn the Ph.D. degree. The participating departments are: Biochemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Environment.
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General: Optional. This program does not require applicants to provide GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or other graduate entrance exam scores, but does allow you to upload scores if you feel they enhance your application. If you choose to submit test scores, you may enter them on the Test Scores page. If you choose to enter self-reported test scores, official test scores will become a required component of your application.
Application Deadlines

Program Description

The University Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology provides broad training in mechanisms of embryonic development, developmental genetics, development, and evolution. The program offers a flexible curriculum in development, stem cell biology, and current research technologies that can be tailored to the student's interest.  Key topics include stem cell biology, embryonic patterning, morphogenesis, germ cell biology, growth and proliferation control, model systems, evolution and development, apoptosis and signal transduction mechanisms that govern cell-cell communication. Development is studied at many levels from molecular to genetics, to genomics, to biochemistry, to cell biological, to organismal, and to the evolution of developmental process. The program begins with a semester-long module-based curriculum that facilitates student choice in a wide range of topics--each covered in short two-week mini courses.  This is complemented with participation the following semester in the developmental and stem cell biology colloquium, a course cenetered on seminars from top development and stem cell biologists from around the country.  Students rotate between labs in their first year to learn advantages of the different model systems and experimental approaches. Students then choose to work in one of the participating laboratories. A broad range of research resources is available for students including the Duke Marine Laboratory, Vivarium, shared equipment resources, and various University seminar series.

Students may apply and be admitted directly to the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program. After the second year of study at Duke, students will identify a participating department in which they will earn their Ph.D. (Note: For international students in particular, designation on the application form of a department in addition to this program may be helpful in securing funding.)



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