Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Curriculum: Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology


Please note that the following is a sample curriculum plan. Current students must discuss their plan with their program coordinator to make adjustments as needed.


Year One: Fall Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
PIBS 701 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences 5 credits
PIBS 702 Scientific Reasoning 3 credits
PIBS 731 Laboratory Research 1 credit per rotation
PIBS 700 Journal Club 1 credit
PIBS 780 Research Ethics 1 credit
PIBS 782 Professional Development: Skills for Success I 1 credit

Year One: Spring Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
PIBS 700 Journal Club 1 credit
PIBS 731 Laboratory Research 1 credit per rotation
PIBS 783 Professional Development: Skills for Success II 1 credit
PIBS 705 Biostatistics for Biosciences 3 credits
MDB 751 Advanced Cell Biology Approaches to Molecular Medicine (Spring B) 3 credits
MDB 752 Current Topics in Mammalian Development (Spring A) 3 credits
MDB 753 Histology (Spring B) 1 credits

Year One: Summer Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
PIBS 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1 credit

Year Two: Fall Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
MDB 701 Seminar 1 credit
MDB 710 Readings in Cell Biology 1 credit
MDB 765 Tumor Biology 3 credits
MDB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-12 credit(s)

Year Two: Spring Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
MDB 701 Seminar 1 credit
MDB 710 Readings in Cell Biology 1 credit
MDB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-12 credit(s)

Year Two: Summer Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
MDB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-12 credit(s)

Year Three: Fall Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
MDB 701 Seminar 1 credit
MDB 710 Readings in Cell Biology 1 credit
MDB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1-12 credit(s)

Year Three: Spring Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
MDB 701 Seminar 1 credit
MDB 710 Readings in Cell Biology 1 credit
MDB 840 Doctoral Dissertation 1-12 credit

Year Three: Summer Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
MDB 840 Doctoral Dissertation 1-12 credit(s)

Years Four-Five

During the last two years, students are advised into a combination of the following courses with variable credits that complete their degree requirements:

  • MDB 701 - Seminar
  • MDB 710 - Readings in Cell Biology
  • MDB Elective(s)
  • MDB 840 - Research in Residence (post-qualifying exam, pre-defense)
  • MDB 850 - Doctoral Dissertation (register in defense semester)