Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology Graduate Degree Program

Description

The Graduate Programs in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) provide rigorous, individualized graduate research training that emphasizes innovative research leading to the Master’s and Doctoral degrees. MCDB graduate programs provide a solid foundation in current knowledge, yet allow students the flexibility to choose their own path of inquiry, focusing on individualized research. Modern biomedical research moves at a rapid pace that requires novel ideas, scientific interaction and new experimental approaches. The MCDB program provides multiple opportunities to gain expertise in diverse fields of research, in addition to lab rotations and courses that are usually completed in the first year of study. A full schedule of weekly seminars by invited speakers and annual research retreat / meeting form the framework for scientific interactions. Students participate in weekly research seminars presented by postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate students. Individual faculty members also organize special topics seminars that focus on important research problems in their own disciplines. A full-range of state-of-the-art facilities on campus is available to MCDB researchers, which include digital imaging and microscopy instrumentation as well as DNA sequencing and computer analysis laboratories. In addition a wide range of biochemical and biophysical instrumentation, including mass spectrometry, CD, and X-Ray crystallography facilities, are available on the UCSB campus.

Research in MCDB spans a broad range of topics in biomedical science including: bacterial pathogenesis, biochemistry, cell biology, cell physiology, developmental biology, gene regulation, genetics, immunology and allorecognition, microbiology, molecular marine biology, neurobiology, pharmacology, plant molecular biology and physiology, and virology. The faculty in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology engage in transdisciplinary research, and have earned numerous distinctions and awards, including election to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and receipt of National Institutes of Health Merit Awards. UCSB is an elected member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and was also recently ranked second in the nation among public universities for research productivity.

General Information

Website http://www.mcdb.ucsb.edu/
Address Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Life Sciences Building, Room 3314
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9625
(USA)
Phone (805) 893-8499
Email mcdb-gradasst@lifesci.ucsb.edu
Degrees Offered MA, MA/PhD, PhD
Requirements
  • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • GRE General test scores (preference of 70% or above in Verbal and Quantitative)
  • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or 7 or above (if applicable) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
Deadlines
  • PHD, MA/PHD Fall Only - December 4, 2017 (by 11:59 PM PST)
  • MA Fall Only - February 26, 2018 (by 11:59 PM PST)
Emphases MA Emphasis in Pharmacology and Biotechnology
Specializations N/A
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      • Address
        • Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
          University of California, Santa Barbara
          Life Sciences Building, Room 3314 Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9625
          (USA)
      • Phone
        • (805) 893-8499
      • Degrees Offered
        • MA, MA/PhD, PhD
      • Requirements
          • Online application: https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/eapp
          • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
          • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
          • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
          • GRE General test scores (preference of 70% or above in Verbal and Quantitative)
          • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or 7 or above (if applicable) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
          • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
      • Pre-Application
        • No Pre-Application Necessary
      • Deadlines
          • PHD, MA/PHD Fall Only - December 4, 2017 (by 11:59 PM PST)
          • MA Fall Only - February 26, 2018 (by 11:59 PM PST)
      • Emphases
        • MA Emphasis in Pharmacology and Biotechnology
      • Specializations
          N/A