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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 08, 2021
 
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology, PhD


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Degree Requirements


All students enter the Program in the fall session and after performing three rotations identify an advisor and area of research. Areas of research focus include: Macromolecular recognition; Virus, lipid and protein structure and interactions; Principles of protein structure and dynamics; Membrane proteins; Gene regulation and signaling; Cellular biophysics; Chemical structure and dynamics. Methodologies employed comprise NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, cryo electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy and computational molecular biology. Required coursework is completed during the first year. Students are required to complete the Comprehensive Exam by August 31 of their second year in the graduate program.

A minimum of 72 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree is required for the PhD degree. The 72 credits are completed by taking required and elective course work as well as dissertation research credits upon being admitted to candidacy.

Courses


Additional Information


Additional information on the core curriculum can be found at http://www.mbsb.pitt.edu/index.php/training/curriculum.


Terminal Masters Degree
The program does not admit students whose goal is to attain a Master’s of Science degree. However, it might become necessary for a PhD student to transfer to an MS track for academic reasons or reasons beyond the student’s control, e.g., medical circumstances or a change in family circumstances necessitating a long-distance move.

 

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