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Biochemistry, Cellular And Molecular Biology

Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology will prepare students for careers in biochemistry,
cellular, developmental, and molecular biology. Employment opportunities for graduates include
traditional university professorships, positions in the biotechnology industry, and governmental
appointments. The curriculum centers around four courses: the GSBS core courses Genes,
Molecules, Cells, and Advanced Cell Biology. During the first year of study, the student will
progress through a minimum of three laboratory rotations in order to determine his or her research
interest. Dissertation topics can be pursued in the following areas: regulation of gene expression,
RNA processing, cell cycle, cell and molecular biology of intercellular communication, regulation
and function of the actin and microtubule cytoskeleton, cell and molecular biology of stem cells,
embryo implantation, molecular mechanisms of epididymal sperm function, proliferation and
differentiation of gonadal cells, molecular basis of gamete interactions, molecular regulation of
ovarian development and function, development and regeneration of the nervous system, genetics of
human cancer and congenital human disorders, diagnosis and treatment of human cancer,
morphogenesis, developmental genetics, embryonic development, cellular genetics, cell biology of
epithelia, immune privilege and transplantation, molecular mechanisms of ABC transporters in
cholesterol homeostasis and multidrug resistance of cancer cells, mechanisms of hormone action,
biochemistry of neoplasia, biochemistry of membranes, mechanisms of enzyme action, and protein

Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology sometimes offers a research track for master’s
students; it is designed for students who need extra preparation for the Ph.D. program or whose
career track is geared toward technical or staff level positions in industry or universities. Students
undertake study and research in similar areas as that of the Ph.D. program.

Students with undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry are well suited for this concentration.
Please contact Lauren Davis at 806.743.2556 or for more information
concerning admissions for M.S. and Ph.D.

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