Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology

Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology is an interdepartmental program that offers graduate training towards the PhD degree. In order to provide a wide range of current research opportunities, this program is interdepartmental, comprised primarily of the faculty of the Department of Cell Biology and includes additional faculty from several other departments and centers on the medical campus. These include the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Urology, Surgery, Neurosurgery and Neurology, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Our research includes the cytoskeleton, cell surface molecular biology, stem cells, lens, corneal and retinal biology, protein processing and sorting, signal transduction, airway biology, regulation of gene expression in development, podocyte biology, cancer biology, neuromuscular development, malignant transformation, growth factors, epithelial cell biology, organogenesis and tissue repair, pattern formation in early development, RNA localization, mitochondrial molecular biology and cancer therapeutics.

There are unique opportunities in the medical school for relating PhD training to clinical problems, especially in the area of cancer. The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center provides a forum for a multidisciplinary approach to cancer research. Trainees in the program in recent years have been drawn from all parts of North America and Europe, together with Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

We seek students with superior achievements who have a strong background in science, particularly biochemistry and cell biology. Graduates of our doctoral program have found careers in research institutions, medicine and biotechnology with most obtaining faculty positions in universities after postdoctoral training.