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:
- Bioinformatics – Dutta, Jenkins, Lane, M. Ramsey, K. Ramsey, Schwartz, Zhang
- Biochemistry of cell signaling, development, and gene regulation– Camberg, Chandlee, Dutta, Fallini, Gregory, Howlett, Irvine, Kausch, Martin, Nelson, M. Ramsey, K. Ramsey, Roberts, Sartini, Sun
- Epigenetics, chromatin, and chromosome stability–Dutta, Howlett
- Immunology and microbiology of infectious disease– Camberg, Gomez-Chiarri, Nelson, M. Ramsey, K. Ramsey, Rothman
- Microbiomes of environmental and animal systems– Jenkins, Gomez-Chiarri, Lane, Nelson, M. Ramsey, Zhang
Specialization group coordinator:
Steven T. Gregory,
Associate Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology
College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Phone: (401) 874-5947
what should i submit with my online application?
All applications must be submitted online through the URI Graduate School. The Application deadline for this specialization is December 15. In addition to the graduate school submission requirements, please make sure the following are also included in your application materials submitted:
- Arrange for submission of two letters of recommendation.
- GRE scores are not required for admission.
- 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).
- 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”.
All entering, first-year graduate students (both M.S. and Ph.D.) participate in three laboratory rotations during their first semester. Each rotation lasts four weeks. After the completion of rotations, students, in consulation with faculty members, select a laboratory in which to conduct their research thesis project.