Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Program Information

    Training Tomorrow's Scientists

    Becoming a scientist takes more than just books. That is why the Molecular and Developmental Biology (MDB) Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati focuses on giving you every opportunity to ensure that you acquire the intellectual and technical skills you will need to succeed and excel in the highly competitive world of research. Consider:

    • The average time to obtain a PhD degree in the MDB Program is five years, well below the national average of 6-1/2 years.
    • Most students can fulfill their course requirements in the first 18 months, freeing them to focus on laboratory research and the completion of thesis-related experiments.
    • Students participate in laboratory rotations during the first year to gain insight into areas of interest before choosing a faculty advisor and developing a dissertation project.
    • We encourage and expect our students to publish their contributions in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
    • Unlike some graduate school programs, students are not required to hold teaching assistantships to help pay for their financial aid, so your time can be spent in the lab conducting research.

    In addition, students in the program have many opportunities to share their research findings and polish their presentation skills via:

    • an annual symposium of student research presentations
    • a university-wide poster presentation contest
    • attendance at national meetings
    • weekly journal clubs
    • informal lunches with top scientists from around the world

    Our students tell us they appreciate the camaraderie and sense of community that develop among students and faculty. Excellent science, cutting-edge technology and hard work are balanced with supportive, one-on-one teaching and serious fun.

  • Heather McCauley.

    Heather McCauley, a student in the MDB Program, works in her lab.

    Heather McCauley.
  • Contact Us

    For more information about the Molecular and Developmental Biology Program at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati, email or call 513-636-4545. You can also apply online at our application page.