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Graduate Program

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The Graduate Program in Cell Biology offers students outstanding opportunities for research and training leading to the Ph.D. degree. Reflecting the truly multidisciplinary nature of cell biology today, students in the program engage in independent research on a broad spectrum of exciting topics concerned with cellular structure, function, development, and organization in complex systems, with particular emphasis on molecular mechanisms and relevance to human diseases.

The curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive, providing in-depth exposure to the wide range of methodological approaches used by contemporary cell biologists, from molecular genetics and structural biology to functional genomics and cellular imaging. Yet it is flexible as well to accommodate the individual interests and needs of students. Collaborative research is fostered by a highly interactive community of students, postdocs, faculty, and staff, and by communal research facilities. The overall goal of the program is to provide students with the skills for independent, critical, and creative thinking necessary for successful future careers as scientists in academia or industry, or in related professions.

For further information, please browse our web site and feel free to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Karin Reinisch.

Graduate Student Handbook

This handbook is intended to be a source of information for graduate students studying for the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Cell Biology at Yale.

Students as well as faculty should be able to find answers to questions that may occur to them from time to time about the Cell Biology Ph.D. program and its specific policies.

For information please contact Lisa Crotty at