The PhD Degree Program in Cellular Biology and Anatomy

The PhD program in Cellular Biology and Anatomy provides our students with the training that will allow them to develop a research career in a setting of their choosing, whether in academia in a University / Medical School setting or in an Industrial/Pharmaceutical Research setting. 

For those candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in academia, the training in the Anatomical Sciences enables our graduates to participate in teaching in a Medical School Curriculum. We hope to see you become a part of our program.


Dr. Sumitra Miriyala
Graduate Program Recruiter

State-of-the-Art Research Programs

The state-of-the-art research programs of our faculty explore basic and translational research studies in areas such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, epilepsy, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and diabetic complications.


The trainees from our program have moved on to pursue research careers at outstanding institutions around the world.

Admission Requirements

To join our PhD program, students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.   For students who have matriculated at colleges/universities in the United States we have waived the requirement for the GRE test.   For international students our Department still requires  and a minimum verbal plus quantitative score of 300 on the Graduate Record Examination.  International students should also have minimum scores of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; 90/120 on the computerized TOEFL). Three letters of recommendation must also be provided by professors familiar with the student’s coursework or academic employment, initiative and character.


Our PhD program includes preparation of a grant proposal for pursuing original research of distinction, conducting the research, presentations of the research in seminars and at conferences, participation in journal clubs, and writing a dissertation. Didactic training includes core courses in the anatomy, histology, embryology and physiology of the musculoskeletal system, body cavities and nervous system, including labs and clinical correlations. Students subsequently assist with one of these courses, providing them with valuable teaching experience for pursuing an academic career. Other courses include core and elective courses in molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology and statistics. Stipends are available for outstanding candidates.

PhD Degree Program

Cellular Biology and Anatomy