Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Career Development Opportunities

    Through internship awards the MDB Program provides many opportunities for graduate students to explore diverse career options. All students who have successfully passed the PhD candidacy exam will be eligible for this award, although preference will be given to more senior students. Internships can be of any length (2 - 3 months is average) and can occur at any time of the year. Once approved by the MDB Program and mentor, support for travel, stipend, and other expenses will be provided on an as–needed basis. The immediate benefit to the student is the acquisition of new skill sets that will lead to more innovative research, and wider career prospects. Equally importantly, the student will establish new contacts that will hopefully lead to postdoctoral opportunities or future jobs in outstanding environments.

    The internships can include, but are not restricted to:

    Long-term stay in a collaborating or potential post-doctoral laboratory

    We encourage students to explore the possibility of extended visits to laboratories where they may learn techniques that will benefit their research, or where they may want to pursue post-doctoral training.

    Biotech or Pharma internships

    Full-time, hands-on internships at biotech or pharmaceutical companies either in Cincinnati or elsewhere can be facilitated by the MDB Program through stipend support. A list of area biotech companies is available.

    Teaching internships

    Support for students interested in teaching careers is provided in several ways.

    1. Stipend support can be provided to graduate students who have identified opportunities to intern at undergraduate institutions.
    2. The UC Undergraduate Neuroscience Mentorship Program - a streamlined way for graduate students to gain mentorship experience by matching them with qualified undergraduates seeking research opportunities. Grad students would, with permission of their advisor, take on an undergraduate to help with an ongoing research project. The undergraduate will use this work to for academic credit through an independent study course designation in the College of Arts and Sciences. This will benefit graduate programs by giving their students instructional opportunities to round out their training. It will benefit individual grad students by giving them mentorship experience and providing them with helpers to facilitate their projects. Undergraduates will greatly benefit from the opportunity to gain hands-on training in how laboratory research is actually done.
    3. UC Honors Undergraduate Mentorship Program - as described above for the Neuroscience Mentorship Program, this program pairs an Honors undergraduate student with a PhD student for in-lab. mentoring of research related to the PhD students’ research.
  • Interested in these Opportunities?

    Students interested in any of these opportunities should contact:

    Rashmi S. Hegde, PhD
    Co-Director, MDB Graduate Program

  • Our Student's Experience

    Read more about our student's experience with their Enhanced Training Opportunities (ETO). Read more
  • Markaisa Black in the lab.

    Markaisa Black in the lab. 

    Markaisa Black in the lab.
  • Sean McGrath in the lab.

    Sean McGrath in the lab.

    Sean McGrath in the lab.