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Welcome to the BCMB Allied PhD website!

Home to the Biochemistry and Structural Biology (BSB), Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB), and Molecular Biology (MB) PhD programs.

It Takes Two: A Pair of Proteins Coordinate to Direct Development of Embryonic Cells

This image, generated in the lab of developmental biologist Anna-Katerina (Kat) Hadjantonakis, shows mouse embryos arranged in three circles. The embryos’ appearance varies according to which genes are switched on or off.

#WeAreWCM: BCMB Student Lands Coveted Fellowship at UCSF, runs own lab (pg 48)

Faranak Fattahi, PhD ’17—honored as the Graduate School’s student Commencement speaker last spring—landed a coveted fellowship at UCSF, where she already runs her own lab.

New Imaging Technique Allows Researchers to See Molecular Machinery at Work

This photo shows a camera-based imaging platform Dr. Blanchard and his team developed to track how individual proteins, called G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), respond to their environments.

Protein Prevents Excess Fluid from Entering Lung Tissue

A protein found in the cells lining blood vessels plays a central role in preventing fluid and inflammatory cells from leaking into lung tissue in a low-oxygen environment, Weill Cornell Medicine researchers discovered.

ABOUT BCMB

The Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology and Molecular Biology graduate programs at Weill Cornell Graduate School are collectively known as the BCMB Allied program. Students may affiliate with any of the three programs, however they are initially admitted to, and remain members of, the BCMB Allied program overall.

The Biochemistry, Structural Biology program offers opportunities for advanced training in the application of biochemical, structural, biophysical and imaging methods, to addressing questions relating to biological processes and mechanisms. The Cell and Developmental Biology program comprises over 80 affiliated faculty members whose research focuses on a wide range of topics related to the control of normal and malignant cell growth, differentiation, tissue development and stem cell biology. Lastly, the Molecular Biology program offers opportunities to develop research training in the molecular pathways involved in control of cell growth, replication and responses to environmental changes. These pathways are remarkably intricate, tying together nearly all the fundamental processes of cellular metabolism. For example, the products of oncogenes, including both tumor-suppressing and tumor-enhancing genes, have been discovered to participate in pathways as seemingly diverse as signal transduction, repair of damaged DNA, regulation of gene expression and control of the cell cycle.

Becoming a Doctoral Candidate

In their first year, BCMB Allied students take the program's core curriculum courses in molecular genetics, biochemistry and structural biology, cell biology, gene structure/function, and logic and critical analysis. A course list and course descriptions are available at: Courses.

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PhD Research and Degree

Within six months of passing the ACE, the student must submit a five-page thesis project description to the Special Committee and meet with the committee for its approval. Thereafter, the student and the committee meet together regularly - at least annually - from year two until the student's graduation.

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BCMB Academic Timeline

To learn more about the program, research topics, and affiliated faculty for each program, review the menu on the right.