Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology
The Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program (GMCB) offers strong interdisciplinary training across a spectrum of fundamental biomedical areas, including classical and molecular genetics; structural & chemical Biology; and cell & developmental biology.
Our faculty of over 100 offer research opportunities applying these fundamentals to a wide range of disease areas, such as cancer, cardiovascular biology, musculoskeletal disorders, and eye disease.
Opportunities to train at different sites
GMCB offers students a unique mix of training sites. Many of our faculty are located on the Health Science Campus of Tufts University in downtown Boston. However, GMCB includes faculty on the Tufts Medford Campus in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering as well as at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, MA.
Our students also have the opportunity to train at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine through the Mammalian Genetics at JAX track
Students can also train at MaineHealth Research Institute in Scarborough, Maine.
Students seeking admission to the Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Biology program apply to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Most successful applicants have had significant research experience and completed courses in biology and related sciences in college.
Students interested in the Mammalian Genetics at JAX track must select this track when they apply.
Our curriculum is grounded in the fundamentals of genetics and molecular biology and cell biology. Students acquire a firm grounding in fundamentals while obtaining the knowledge to attack contemporary biomedical problems in these areas.
Students conduct three laboratory rotations and begin their thesis research by the end of May of their first year.
Students benefit from an interactive faculty, experienced in mentoring and are also advised by a thesis committee expert in their area of research.
GMCB students enjoy a robust seminar program with speakers from laboratories across the world.
Our students also receive training and mentoring in presenting their research and have opportunities to present their data in beginning in their first year.
Journal clubs supplement the learning experience and help students become familiar with reading the research literature.