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Biomedical Sciences - Cellular and Molecular Biology-M.S. and Ph.D.

COLLEGE:    College of Arts and Sciences

DEPARTMENT:    School of Biomedical Sciences
Phone: 330-672-2263
E-mail: rdorman@kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/biomedical   
DESCRIPTION:    The Master of Science and the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences–Cellular and Molecular Biology consist of two concentrations: Cellular Biology and Structure and Molecular Biology and Genetics. Cellular and Molecular Biology and Molecular and Genetics prepares creative research scientists for careers in teaching, research and biotechnology. Graduates possess an in-depth comprehension of experimental design at the cellular and molecular levels of biological organization as well as competency in current techniques in the discipline. Major research emphases include signal transduction, biochemistry and pathobiology, gene regulation, cell systems biology, cell and tissue ultrastructure, membrane structure and function, molecular aspects of neurobiology and endocrinology, genetics and metabolism of microorganisms, virology and immunology, and enzymology with an emphasis on protein dynamics and folding as well as cytochrome P-450 s.

Ph.D.: Due to the program' breadth, faculty are associated with two sub-programs: cellular biology and structure, and molecular biology and genetics.

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Official transcript(s), 3.0 GPA, GRE, goal statement and three letters of recommendation. The M.S. also requires a bachelor s degree with preparation adequate to perform graduate work in the desired field. This commonly includes two years of chemistry, one year of mathematics, one year of physics and courses in anthropology, biology and psychology as appropriate to the field. Admission with deficiencies may be accorded, but these must be made up during the first two years of graduate study.

Admission to the Ph.D. also requires either completion of the M.S. or direct matriculation to the doctoral program following completion of no less than 20 hours of graduate coursework (including the core) and will be accorded upon the recommendation of the student’s guidance committee and the school director. Normally, a student is admitted to the master’s program prior to doctoral work, but a student holding only a baccalaureate may be admitted directly into the doctoral program in exceptional cases.

THESIS/
DISSERTATION:
Ph.D.: As soon after completion of the candidacy examination as possible, the dissertation committee will be established consisting of the guidance committee and an outside discipline member — a graduate faculty member from another department at Kent State University or another program committee of the School of Biomedical Sciences. The student will submit to this committee his/her prospectus for the dissertation. The format of the prospectus will parallel that utilized for NIH grant proposals (without biographical, budget and facilities information). The dissertation committee may elect to examine the candidate on the proposal, may accept it as submitted, or may reject it with specific reasons and recommendations for reformulation.   
PROGRAM FEE:    None   
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