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PBSB Program at Houston Methodist

We are pleased to announce that Weill Cornell Medicine has expanded its PhD program, in Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems biology (PBSB) to a new site at Houston Methodist Academic Institute, the education and research arm of Houston Methodist. This partnership extends the 17-year academic affiliation between WCM and Houston Methodist to provide graduate training.

Students and WCGS faculty at Houston Methodist will engage in WCGS’ curriculum via remote programming, with visits to New York City for program retreats and graduate school events, with thesis research undertaken at Houston Methodist. In turn students and faculty based in New York City will benefit from Houston Methodist faculty expertise and state-of-the-art facilities and technology for their own research. This collaboration will enhance the experience of students and faculty at both locations, promote scientific interactions, and add diversity to our student body.


About the Houston Methodist Academic Institute

As the home of the Texas Medical Center - the largest medical city in the world, Houston has become an epicenter for innovation in translational biomedical research. The Houston Methodist Academic Institute was designed to be collaborative in order to focus on multi-disciplinary, translational research at the intersection of traditional disciplines to develop treatments with ready applicability to human disease. The Academic Institute brings interdisciplinary, cross-institutional teams together to take on challenges that cannot be solved with just one technology or perspective.

Houston Methodist and the Texas Medical Center have built a collaborative, collegial environment on a campaign to become the 'Third Coast of Biomedicine," positioning it to drive the commercialization of cutting-edge ideas more readily. To further cultivate this environment, the City of Houston is making a significant investment in an "Innovation corridor," spanning from the Medical Center to Midtown Houston. In the spirit of this growth, Weill Cornell Medicine has solidified their partnership with the Academic Institute with the launch of the Graduate PhD Program. Visit Houston Methodist's website to see the faculty in the program and see additional information.


How to Apply

Applications for the PhD in Physiology, Biophysics & Systems Biology at Houston Methodist are processed through BioMedCAS. To submit an application, you must create a BioMedCAS account and add this program to your application.

PhD applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2022 semester. 

To be considered for program admission, you must have a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university and show evidence of your abilities for advanced research as indicated by your scholastic records, training, and experience. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories (e.g., Puerto Rico). Please note, international applicants are not eligible for admission at this time, but may be able to apply for Fall 2022 admissions at a later time.

Applicants should have a strong undergraduate background and record of achievement in the biological sciences, including biochemistry, molecular genetics and microbiology, along with undergraduate laboratory research experience. Strong backgrounds in chemistry, physics or computer science are also encouraged.

Your application must include:

  • Unofficial transcripts of all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals who are able to judge your preparation and fitness for graduate work in the proposed program of study.
  • An application processing fee of $80 charged through the BioMedCAS application system.

GRE scores are optional, but may be submitted as part of the application. All application materials must be submitted through BioMedCAS. All application and supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the admissions deadline listed above to guarantee review. 


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