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Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology, M.S, Ph.D.

The Graduate Program in Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology (CMSB) is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental program of study and research leading to M.S. (with a thesis required) and Ph.D. degrees. The CMSB program brings together, from various departments at Miami University, faculty and students with broad interests in several areas of life sciences.

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Participating Host Departments

The Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology (CMSB) Graduate Program brings together faculty and students from a variety of different departmental units at Miami University. This diversity of approach strengthens the interdisciplinary nature of the program and is in line with the nationally recognized increased need to integrate data and approaches from different scientific disciplines to maximize scientific insight and research outcome.


Students earn either a M.S. or Ph.D degree in Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology (CMSB) but closely interact with one or more departments.

CMSB students are eligible for assistantships and will take courses in core areas of cell, molecular and structural biology. CMSB students will also attend both scientific and professional development-based seminars to prepare them for life after graduate training.

Students interested in the CMSB program should review the research interests of the CMSB faculty. Any CMSB faculty member may serve as a thesis/dissertation advisor.

CMSB Interests of Study Areas

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The CMSB program capitalizes on the interdisciplinary nature of the life sciences to provide students with educational experiences that reflect intricate designs and complexity of living organisms. The faculty and students in this program have a number of study and research interests including, but not limited to:
  • biochemistry
  • cell biology
  • developmental biology
  • genetics
  • genomics and bioinformatics
  • molecular biology
  • neuroscience
  • physiology
  • structural biology



Course Requirements

  • CMSB seminar
  • pedagogy training
  • one course from 3 of 4 core areas:
    • biochemistry
    • cell biology
    • molecular biology
    • structural biology
  • additional seminars and courses as determined by the student and committee
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Diagnostic Examinations

All Ph.D. students must pass a comprehensive examination and write and defend a dissertation research proposal.

All M.S. students must write and defend a thesis proposal. All students must present and defend their final dissertation or thesis.

Cell, Molecular, & Structural Biology Graduate Program

Carole Dabney-Smith Chair, CMSB Admissions
132 Hughes Lab
Oxford, OH 45056