The graduate program in Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology (MGDB) provides an exceptional academic environment for modern biomedical research. Faculty members in Developmental Biology train graduate students in the MGDB program, which brings together faculty in both basic and applied sciences. This includes researchers from the School of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, the Magee-Womens Research Institute and the Department of Biological Sciences. MGDB research is at the cutting edge of many emerging fields, including developmental and reproductive biology, stem cell biology, proteomics, computational biology and genomics. Our work has direct relevance to acute injury models of regeneration, congenital cardiovascular disorders, cancer, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and other genetic diseases. The faculty members in the MGDB program have diverse research interests and are exploring questions that address fundamental and critical issues in biology and medicine. Faculty research interests can be broadly divided into five major areas: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, DNA Replication and Repair, Gene Regulation and Signal Transduction, Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes, and Protein Structure and Molecular Dynamics. All interested students apply for admission through the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program (IBGP), not directly to the MGDB program. IBGP students are selected from a large pool of highly qualified national and international applicants. They are graduates of prestigious colleges and universities with superior research interests and talents. Students seeking a Ph.D. degree are encouraged to apply today. In addition to graduate students, the MGDB program accepts highly motivated undergraduate student for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). If you are a motivated undergraduate looking for summer research experience, apply today.
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