The major emphasis of the ACB Doctoral Program is in the acquisition of research expertise designed to prepare graduates to become principal investigators in their own laboratories as well as educators in the academic setting. During the first two years of study, students learn the fundamentals of molecular and cellular biology at the graduate level, as well as receive advanced instruction in the traditional anatomical sciences such as gross anatomy, histology, embryology, and/or neuroscience. They also perform laboratory rotations that lead to the selection of the permanent advisor who will guide the Ph.D. research project. The 3rd and 4th years are devoted to the completion of the research project in consultation with the advisor and dissertation committee. This is a 4-step process that includes: 1) the development of a testable hypothesis and research plan; 2) implementation of experiments; 3) critical analysis of the data; and 4) the assembly of the data and conclusions in the format of a Ph.D. dissertation. The entire program is designed to be completed in 4-years. Graduates routinely publish 1-3 manuscripts as part of their dissertation project and advance to successful postdoctoral (research) positions at prestigious research universities.
For further information regarding the Ph.D. program, please contact:
Paul D. Walker, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Ms. Selina Latimore-Hall