Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Program Directors Statement

    The Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to participate in cutting-edge biomedical research, while being embedded in one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals. The major emphasis of the over 60 laboratories at Cincinnati Children’s is the study of embryonic development, birth defects, and human disease. The research covers a broad spectrum of currently relevant biomedical interests including Stem Cells, Cancer Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Systems Biology, Biomolecular Structure and Bioinformatics.

    Graduate students form the core of our research enterprise. Each year we choose a select few from a large pool of domestic and international applicants, and then provide them with every opportunity and resource that they need to embark on successful research careers. In addition to the primary research training in their chosen laboratories, the MDB program offers students travel awards to attend major meetings, the opportunity to do internships in other research settings world-wide, teaching internships, and multiple opportunities to interact with renowned scientists who are invited to our weekly seminar series. We foster a collegial and interactive environment in a large inter-connected set of buildings that seamlessly transition between basic science, translational research and clinical laboratories. Our course-work is tailored to reflect our emphasis on translational medicine, with a specific course on Development and Disease taught jointly by basic scientists and clinicians. The MDB Program at Cincinnati Children’s offers the real potential to take research projects from bench to the patient’s bedside. Throughout the year we also host a diverse set of speakers who offer our students glimpses into the many career paths available to them. After graduation many of our students go on to excellent post-doctoral positions followed by faculty positions at top universities. Others have embarked on successful careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, intellectual property development, and research management.

    We invite you to browse our website, meet our current students, and look at the research opportunities available at Cincinnati Children’s. We welcome your questions regarding the research opportunities that we offer, the graduate program, or the admissions process. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the Graduate Program Directors or any of our outstanding faculty.