Molecular & Integrative Physiology, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular & Integrative Physiology


head of department: Claudio Grosman

director of graduate studies:

email: mcbinfo@life.uiuc.edu

overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

overview of mcb admissions requirements: http://mcb.illinois.edu/graduate/gradprospect


department website: https://mcb.illinois.edu/departments/mip/

school website: School of Molecular and Cellular Biology 

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


department office: 524 Burrill Hall, 407 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-1735


The doctoral program uses a flexible approach to curriculum requirements. Students are required to take two core courses, three laboratory rotations (five weeks each), and electives. The students in consultation with a faculty advisory committee choose additional courses in chemistry, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, mathematics, and cell biology. Students are encouraged to begin research as soon as they identify an area of research interest. The department has a particularly strong focus in cell physiology, comparative physiology, computational biology, neurophysiology, and endocrinology. Courses and lab research are supplemented by a weekly seminar series. Toward the end of the second year, students must submit a report describing their initial research and pass an oral qualifying examination in order to continue in the Ph.D. program. One year after their qualifying examinations, and no later than the end of their eighth semester in the program, students are expected to take their preliminary examinations in which they present their thesis topic and preliminary research to a faculty committee. Finally, a thesis, which is based on original work in one area of physiology and which demonstrates a thorough knowledge of underlying theories and experimental approaches, must be defended at the final examination. Most students complete their Ph.D. training in four to five years.


Graduate Degree Programs in Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Molecular & Integrative Physiology, MS

Molecular & Integrative Physiology, PhD


The graduate program in molecular and integrative physiology is designed to provide individualized training in preparation for research and teaching careers in molecular, cellular, and integrative physiology. The objective of the training is to produce scientists who are technically competent and broadly educated. The program offers a Ph.D. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology and a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree in conjunction with the College of Medicine. Please note: Students interested in this program must apply directly to the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology does not accept applications for the master's degree. During the first semester, students perform three laboratory rotations, choosing from any laboratory in the School. Students select a laboratory for their thesis research in December and formally join the appropriate graduate program at that time.


Admission

Candidates for admission must meet the minimum standards established by the Graduate College for graduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but final selection of students who enter the molecular and integrative physiology program each fall is determined by an admissions committee. Admission beginning in the spring semester is rarely allowed except under extraordinary circumstances. Students should have strong undergraduate training in science. To be admitted, students should have a grade point average between an A and a B and three letters of recommendation that indicate ability to perform graduate work. All applicants are required to submit scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or similar examinations. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The department requires a minimum score of 590 on the paper-based TOEFL (243 on the computer-based test), the Graduate College requirement. For admission purposes, TOEFL scores are valid for only two years before the proposed term of entry.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Experience in teaching is considered a vital part of the graduate program and is required as part of the academic work of all Ph.D. candidates in this program. Minimum teaching requirement is 50% for one semester. However, it is strongly recommended that students gain experience equivalent to 50% for at least two semesters.

Financial Aid

Financial support is guaranteed for all students who remain in good academic standing.

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular & Integrative Physiology


The doctoral program uses a flexible approach to curriculum requirements. Students are required to take two core courses, three laboratory rotations (five weeks each), and electives. The students in consultation with a faculty advisory committee choose additional courses in chemistry, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, mathematics, and cell biology. Students are encouraged to begin research as soon as they identify an area of research interest. The department has a particularly strong focus in cell physiology, comparative physiology, computational biology, neurophysiology, and endocrinology. Courses and lab research are supplemented by a weekly seminar series. Toward the end of the second year, students must submit a report describing their initial research and pass an oral qualifying examination in order to continue in the Ph.D. program. One year after their qualifying examinations, and no later than the end of their eighth semester in the program, students are expected to take their preliminary examinations in which they present their thesis topic and preliminary research to a faculty committee. Finally, a thesis, which is based on original work in one area of physiology and which demonstrates a thorough knowledge of underlying theories and experimental approaches, must be defended at the final examination. Most students complete their Ph.D. training in four to five years.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Student Guide and the Graduate College Handbook.

Entering with approved M.S. degree

MCB 401
MCB 402
Cell & Membrane Physiology
and Sys & Integrative Physiology (College of Medicine M1 Physiology, both semesters, or equivalent, or proficiency exam.)
6
MCB 501Advanced Biochemistry4
MCB 502Advanced Molecular Genetics4
MCB 509Curr Topics Mol & Int Physiol2
MCB 580Res Ethics & Responsibilities1
MCB 581
MCB 582
MCB 583
Laboratory Rotation I
and Laboratory Rotation II
and Laboratory Rotation III
9
Six credit hours taken from the department's Course Menu. See course list tab.6
Required registration in MIP 590 each semester until passing the qualifying exam0-8
Thesis Hours Required (0 min applied toward degree)0
Total Hours64

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
All graduate students in the Program are required to teach during their graduate training. The minimum teaching requirement is 50% for one semester.
Successful completion of 96 hours of study (including the Core Courses with a grade A or B).
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75

Entering with approved B.S. degree

MCB 401
MCB 402
Cell & Membrane Physiology
and Sys & Integrative Physiology (College of Medicine M1 Physiology, both semesters, or equivalent, or proficiency exam.)
6
MCB 501Advanced Biochemistry4
MCB 502Advanced Molecular Genetics4
MCB 509Curr Topics Mol & Int Physiol2
MCB 580Res Ethics & Responsibilities1
MCB 581
MCB 582
MCB 583
Laboratory Rotation I
and Laboratory Rotation II
and Laboratory Rotation III
9
Six credit hours taken from the department's Course Menu. See Course List tab.6
Required registration in MIP 590 each semester until passing the qualifying exam0-8
Thesis Hours Required (0 min/max applied toward degree) 0
Total Hours96

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
All graduate students in the Program are required to teach during their graduate training. The minimum teaching requirement is 50% for one semester.
Successful completion of 96 hours of study (including the Core Courses with a grade A or B).
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75

Department Course Menu

Lecture Format
MCB 400Cancer Cell Biology3
MCB 408Immunology3
MCB 410Developmental Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine3
MCB 413Endocrinology3
MCB 419Brain, Behavior & Info Process3
MCB 429Cellular Microbiology &Disease3
MCB 431Microbial Physiology3
MCB 432Computing in Molecular Biology3
MCB 442Comparative Immunobiology4
MCB 461Cell & Molecular Neuroscience3
MCB 462Integrative Neuroscience3
MCB 571Bioinformatics4
MCB 480Eukaryotic Cell Signaling2
MCB 493Special Topics Mol Cell Biol (Human Metabolic Disease)1 to 4
ECE 480Magnetic Resonance Imaging3 or 4
ANSC 445Statistical Methods4
ANSC 542Applied Bioinformatics4
ANSC 554Immunobiological Methods3
Journal-Club Format
MCB 530Reproductive Physiol Seminar1
Laboratory Format
MCB 403Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab1 or 2
MCB 404Sys & Integrative Physiol Lab1 to 2
BIOC 455Technqs Biochem & Biotech4
ECE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
These courses need to be approved to count:
Special Topics Mol Cell Biol
Special Topics Cell Devel Biol
Advanced Topics in Neuroscience
MIP Seminars in Physiology