The ability to analyze and alter gene expression has become a central focus of a great deal of biological research. Scientists within many different disciplines are increasingly employing molecular biological approaches to gain new understandings of fundamental processes. Therefore, it is appropriate that the training of graduate students in Molecular & Cellular Biology reflect the interdisciplinary nature of research in this area.
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular & Cellular Biology at The University of Iowa provides broad training in molecular & cellular biology. The university-wide nature of this program permits training and research opportunities in the laboratories of the faculty members who participate in the program.
Currently the program faculty represent the departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Internal Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science, and Radiation Oncology.
A crucial aspect of the Ph.D. degree is the opportunity to participate in stimulating research. The diversity of research interests within the program permits students to identify areas which match their special interests. Students entering the program are encouraged to begin their research as soon as possible.
Excellent facilities are available to support the research activities of the program. In addition to modern laboratory space, there are specialized core research facilities which contain commonly used equipment such as an oligonucleotide synthesizer and an automated apparatus for DNA sequence analysis. Virtually all of the equipment used in modern molecular biological research is available within the laboratories and departments of the participating faculty.