Ph.D. in Integrative Cell Biology
The goal of the Ph.D. program in Integrative Cell Biology is to train students in the basic science and methodology of Integrative Cell Biology, to allow them to apply this knowledge in jobs as professors in academy, the industry, or as teachers in primary or secondary education.
Students accepted into a PhD program are provided complete tuition remission for 48 credit hours of study which includes Dissertation Supervision, and a current stipend of $27,000 per year paid in monthly installments. Out of pocket expenses include university fees for health services, student activity fee, and the Health and Fitness Center membership. All students are required to have medical insurance coverage and we are pleased to announce that Loyola now pays the health insurance premium for eligible students. There is no on-campus student housing.
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The basic curriculum includes Cell Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Methods Biology, Immunology, Neuroanatomy, Histology, Bioethics, Biostatistics & Gross Anatomy. Students have the opportunity to take other more specialized courses during their second year of study. In addition to class work, students also participate in both journal club and a seminar s In Journal Club, students closely interact with each other and a faculty member. Students present recent journal articles and participate in stimulating research discussions. During the spring semester, in addition to journal article presentations, students are also given the opportunity to practice short talks in an atmosphere similar to that which they will experience at national and international meetings. Journal club is intended to facilitate and assist in the development of student’s presentation and critical reading skills, in addition to adding to their scientific knowledge.
Seminar is a weekly gathering of faculty and students. Visiting speakers present either a topic of personal interest or a report of their current research. These gatherings are intended for both stimulating discussion and as an educational supplement to departmental research activity. In late May/early June, the Departmental Graduate Program hosts a Research in Progress retreat at a local venue. The day is dedicated to short oral presentations by CBN & Anatomy graduate students from second- final year, including a few minutes of questions at the end of each presentation.
Course of Study
Beginning the second semester, during the first year of the graduate program, doctoral students perform rotations through the laboratories of their choice. While visiting the laboratories, students closely interact with the faculty member and other members of the laboratory. They also learn a diverse set of laboratory techniques. Students are exposed to a variety of research areas, which they may choose to pursue as a thesis or dissertation.
After successful completion of the first three semesters, doctoral students begin preparing for the comprehensive exams. During the comprehensive examination, students are challenged in their critical thinking, problem solving, and their ability to design experiments to investigate a hypothesis. After submitting the research aims and design of their project, students defend their work and academic progress in front of a panel of faculty members.
The remainder of the student's experience in the program is dedicated to their own dissertation. Students choose a mentor and lab to perform their research and begin progress towards successful completion of a dissertation. A dissertation project is developed and approved with the help of the student's thesis supervision committee. While working on the dissertation, students continue to participate in both journal club and the departmental seminar series. The average PhD student successfully completes their dissertation in a total fo five to six years