Intensive specialized laboratory education constitutes the foundation of the Ph.D. degree program. The goal is to develop a professionally trained scientist, prepared for a career in academic, medical or industrial research.
After successfully completing the core curriculum, comprehensive examination and research proposal, students will concentrate the majority of their time on their individual dissertation laboratory research project under the guidance and tutelage of their faculty advisor/research director, and continue to participate in journal clubs, as well as attend seminars.
Laboratory Education Requirements
Description: Each first-year graduate student is required to have a minimum of three lab rotations (fall, winter, spring). Rotations are graded Pass/Fail. The purposes of the rotations are to (1) help students find the research area and lab in which they want to conduct their thesis research, (2) learn experimental techniques, and (3) expose students to a broad range of intellectual and technical approaches to address current research challenges. Each lab rotation lasts for 10 to 12 weeks. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 20 to 25 hours per week in the lab, and student must submit a written report at the end of each rotation.
Description: Upon completion of the first year of graduate school, students are expected to conduct full-time, individual dissertation research under their chosen faculty mentor.
Every student after the first year is required to participate in a journal club, in which members take turns presenting a current research article to the group. Participants must attend all seminars and make at least one presentation. General format involves one hour for a seminar and one hour for discussion. It is a required course, graded satisfactory (S) or no credit (NC).
Available Journal Clubs (All 2 Units)
Coordinators: R-J Lin, Ph.D., and John Rossi, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Chih-Pin Liu, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Adam Bailis, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Judy Singer-Sam, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Michael Barish, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Rick Ermel, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Coordinator: Zuoming Sun, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Yanhong Shi, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Yuan Chen, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Theresa Ku, Ph.D.
Coordinator: Julie Ostberg, Ph.D.