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Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology

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CMDB Program Guide

Our program offers strong interdisciplinary training across a spectrum of biomedically-related translational areas that arose from the merger of three strong PhD programs: Biochemistry, Physiology and Cell Biology. The first year serves as an "umbrella" program leading to training in one of three concentrations: Structural & Chemical Biology; Cell & Developmental Biology; and Cancer Biology.

Each concentration features a curriculum designed to give trainees in depth knowledge while preserving a breadth of exposure to contemporary research approaches in biomedical science. Our students focus on understanding of the cellular pathways, molecular signaling networks and systems-based mechanisms that govern human development and disease, leading to the generation of innovative new therapies. 

Students carry out four laboratory rotations and complete coursework in the first year of training. They select their thesis advisor at the end of the first year and confirm their specialization as they enter year two of training. In addition to the thesis advisor, each student is guided by a thesis committee that is formed early in training and interacts frequently with the student.

Our program brings together nearly 100 faculty based on the Health Sciences Campus of Tufts University in the schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Nutrition as well as scientists based at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Faculty based in the School of Engineering and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as well as at the MaineHealth Institute for Research are also active participants.


CMDB Contact Information

Brent Cochran, PhD

Karen Hatch
Program Coordinator

Administrative Office
Stearns 514
Phone: 617-636-6836
FAX: 617-636-2990

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Health Science Campus

The Health Sciences Campus is home to GSBS, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.