Graduate Programs

College of the Environment and Life Sciences

specialization: cell and molecular biology biological and environmental sciences m.s., ph.d.


Students in the Cell and Molecular Biology graduate specialization receive interdisciplinary training in the research methods and concepts used to understand the molecular basis of life. This program provides a solid foundation in biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular genetics in animal, plant and microbial systems.

Faculty research interests span these diverse areas and include:

Specialization group coordinator:
Bethany Jenkins,
Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology
College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Phone: (401) 874-7551
what should i submit with my online application?

All applications must be submitted online using the ApplyYourself system. The Application deadline for this specialization is January 15. For access to the system and detailed instructions on what must be submitted, please visit the URI Graduate School web pages. In addition to the graduate school submission requirements, please make sure the following are also included in your application materials submitted on ApplyYourself:

  1. Arrange for submission of two letters of recommendation.
  2. Submit a scan of your GRE scores, uploaded as “supplemental materials” (in addition to requesting that ETS send a copy directly to URI).
  3. We evaluate the personal statement carefully as ability to communicate is an important skill as a graduate student. Be sure to indicate in your statement several faculty you would be interested in working with and why (see laboratory rotations below).
  4. Consider submitting any additional materials that provide direct evidence of relevant experience or writing ability, such as published papers, research posters, or reports. Please upload any such documents as “supplemental materials”.
laboratory rotations

Approximately 2 weeks into their first (Fall) semester, CMB graduate students select two (M.S. program) or three (Ph.D. program) laboratories in which to perform five-week research rotations. Following the completion of the research rotations, graduate students select a laboratory in which to complete their research thesis project. New students who are supported by a research assistantship are exempt from this requirement.

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