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IP2CMB brochure

Teresa Arellano (IBS) tarellan at chuma.cas.usf.edu
Tue Mar 12 00:11:58 EST 1996

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in
Cellular and Molecular Biology

Institute for Biomolecular Science
University of South Florida

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology
The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology is 
sponsored by the Institute for Biomolecular Science at the University of 
South Florida. Currently, comprising twenty seven faculty from the Colleges 
of Arts and Sciences and Medicine, the program offers a course of study 
leading to the award of the Ph.D. degree in Biology, Chemistry or Medical 
Sciences with  a specialization in Cellular and Molecular Biology. The 
program combines a challenging and flexible academic curriculum with 
advanced research training in a wide variety of areas of cellular and 
molecular biology.

The program is designed to provide students with all the necessary skills 
required for a successful  professional career. 
Structured courses, both recommended and elective, provide students with a 
central foundation of knowledge in cellular and molecular biology while 
small group tutorials provide an interactive setting emphasizing more 
advanced concepts. Laboratory rotations provide exposure to the variety of 
research projects currently being pursued by program faculty. Seminar 
programs offer students the opportunity to interact with nationally and 
internationally recognized scientists. The Faculty Lecture and Workshop 
Program exposes students to the research programs of other Institute 
members.  Journal clubs provide a format for students to critically examine 
the current literature. 
Formal coursework is completed during the first two years of the program 
with the remainder of the time devoted to dissertation research.
The program places considerable emphasis upon the development of the 
student's written and oral communication skills.
Research Opportunities
The program faculty have well-equipped and modern research laboratories 
located at USF and several affiliated research facilities. Program faculty 
have been highly successful in securing extramural grant support that 
provides students with an outstanding environment for graduate study. 
Research opportunities are available in a wide range of areas of cellular 
and molecular biology including: protein structure and function, gene 
regulation, mechanisms of signal transduction, the roles of specific 
proteins in various biosynthetic pathways,  neurochemistry and associated 
disorders, transgenic models of disease, host-virus interactions and 
molecular immunology. Individual program faculty and their specific research 
interests are listed below.
Faculty and their Research
Matthew J. Androlewicz: MHC class I antigen processing.
Michael J. Barber; Structure and function of metalloenzymes and flavoproteins.
George Blanck; Major histocompatibility gene regulation.
Andrew C. Cannons; Regulation of nitrate reductase.
Bruce J. Cochrane; Genetics and environmental toxicology.
My Lien Dao; Molecular biology of dental caries.
Noorbibi K. Day; Mechanisms of Immunosuppression by retroviral peptides.
Julie Y. Djeu; Natural killer cells, cytokines.
Karen E. Duff; Transgenics and Alzheimer's disease.
Duane C. Eichler; Mechanisms of RNA processing.
Gloria C. Ferreira; Mechanism of heme biosynthesis.
Robert A. Good; Cellular engineering using bone marrow and stem cell 
Kendall M. Gray; Bacterial communication and gene regulation.
John A. Hardy; Alzheimer's disease.
R. Kennedy Keller; Regulation of glycoprotein and isoprenoid biosynthesis.
Daniel V. Lim; Pathogenic and molecular microbiology.
Gary W. Litman; Evolution and developmental control of immunoglobulin genes.
Peter G. Medveczky; Molecular biology of DNA viruses.
David G. Morgan; Molecular and anatomical changes during brain aging.
Michael J. Mullan; Molecular genetics of neuro-psychiatric disorders.
Peter J. Neame; Proteoglycan structure and function.
Gene C. Ness; Cholesterol homeostasis.
Robert L. Potter; Collagen structure.
Melissa B. Rogers; Retinoids and cell differentiation.
Mary Jane Saunders; Plant cell structure.
Larry P. Solomonson; Nitrate assimilation, regulation of nitric oxide synthase.
Steven C. Specter; Antiviral and immunomodulatory substances and 
Lynn Wecker; Neuropharmacology/neurochemistry.

Requirements for Admission
Applications for admission to the Interdisciplinary program are reviewed by 
the Admissions and Recruitment Committee and must be completed by March 15 
of the academic year preceding admission. Prospective applicants are 
required to provide:
A cover letter that addresses the applicant's interest in the program, 
describes any previous research experience and outlines future career goals.
Three letters of evaluation describing the applicant's past academic 
performance and suitability for the program.
Evidence of a Graduate Record Examination score of 1250 or greater.
Evidence of the award of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution 
in a discipline related to cellular and molecular biology with an overall 
Grade Point Average of 3.4 or better.
Evidence of TOEFL scores of 600 and/or a TSE score of 300 for international 
students for whom English is not their native language.
One or more of these requirements may be waived  in exceptional 
circumstances and at the discretion of the committee. Successful applicants 
will be notified of the committee's decision by April 1.

Stipends for entering full-time graduate students are currently $15,000 per 
year. In addition, partial tuition waivers (up to 9 credit hours/semester) 
are provided to all full-time students enrolled in the program.

The University of South Florida
The University of South Florida is a comprehensive metropolitan institution 
with an enrollment of approximately 35,000 students at the undergraduate and 
graduate levels. USF is one of the nine universities in the State University 
System of Florida and consists of a main and four regional campuses. The 
main campus is located on 100 acres northeast of downtown Tampa.
The College of Arts and Sciences
The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program currently features faculty from the 
Departments of Biology and Chemistry within the College of Arts and Sciences. 
The College of Medicine
The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program currently involves faculty from the 
Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology and 
Immunology and Pharmacology and Therapeutics within the College of Medicine. 
The Institute for Biomolecular Science
The IBS was established in 1989 to foster collaborative research and 
encourage graduate education in cellular and molecular biology. The 
Institute comprises over 70 members from various colleges within the 
University of South Florida and affiliated research facilities.
The Greater Tampa Area
The University is located at the northeast boundary of the city of Tampa on 
Florida's West coast. The Tampa Bay metropolitan area, which includes St. 
Petersburg and Clearwater, has a population of nearly 2 million. The area is 
known as a financial center, major seaport and recreational center. Easy 
access is available to Gulf coast beaches and major attractions in central 

Additional Information
Additional information concerning the IBS Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in 
Cellular and Molecular Biology and  the application procedure can be 
obtained from:
IP2CMB Director
Institute for Biomolecular Science
University of South Florida LIF 136
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33620-5150

Phone:	(813) 974-2392
Fax:	(813) 974-1614
E-mail: ibs at chuma.cas.usf.edu

WWW http://nick.med.usf.edu/ip2cmb/ip2cmb.html


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