Cell Biology

Year 2: Fall12 SCH12 SCH12 SCHBMSC 5135v[Fields of Study]

Robert J Wordinger, Ph.D., Graduate Advisor
Center for BioHealth 457
817-735-2042
E-mail: Robert.Wordinger@unthsc.edu

Graduate Faculty: Alizadeh, Cammarata, ClarkGhorpade, I. Gryczynski, Guttman, He, Kirchhoff, Krishnamoorthy, Lovely, Mo, McCartney, Reeves, Rosales, Timani, Wordinger

Adjunct Graduate Faculty: Aschenbrenner, Chatterton, Collier, Dickerson, Flenor, Jacobson, McCartney, Pang, Romano, Shepard

The Department of Cell Biology and Immunology has a primary mission to provide instruction in cell biology, visual science, and the anatomical sciences; to develop and maintain research programs; and to participate in the service endeavors of the institution and profession. The major focus of research in the discipline is on the eye involving degenerative retinal diseases, glaucoma, diabetic complications, and cataracts. Other research programs include angiogenesis, apoptosis, cell secretory mechanisms, cell cycle, cellular differentiation, cell signaling, DNA damage, endothelial physiology, fluorescence microscopy, glial cell biology, growth factors and neurotrophins, nitric oxide, nuclear function, oxidative stress, regulated intramembrane proteolysis, stem cell research.

In support of the various research programs, the department maintains state-of-the-art facilities in microscopy, tissue culture and molecular biology. Research and educational facilities span almost 15,000 square feet of space in the Research and Education building and the Center for BioHealth.  

The department is home to three graduate programs: CellBiology, Structural Anatomy, and Visual Sciences. The department is also home to the North Texas Eye Research Institute which involves faculty from various basic science disciplines, as well as professionals in industry and private clinical practice.


Degree Plans
The following are typical degree plans for students in the Cell Biology and Immunology discipline. It is advantageous to the student to begin graduate study in the fall semester. This degree plan may vary depending upon availability of course offerings in a given semester and each student's progress toward thesis and dissertation research. 

MS Degree Plan for Cell Biology

Year 1: Fall

BMSC 6301

Integrative Biomedical Sciences I: Principles of Biochemistry

4 SCH

BMSC 6302

Integrative Biomedical Sciences II: Molecular Cell Biology

4 SCH

BMSC 5135

Introduction to Faculty Research Programs

2 SCH

BMSC 5160

Biomedical Ethics

1 SCH

BMSC 5150 Lab Rotations 1 SCH



12 SCH









Year 1: Spring


BMSC 6303

Integrative Biomedical Sciences III: Physiology

3 SCH

BMSC 6304 Integrative Biomedical Sciences IV: Pharmacology 2 SCH

BMSC 6305

Integrative Biomedical Sciences V: Immunology and Microbiology

3 SCH

BMSC 5150 Lab Rotations 1 SCH

BMSC 5310 

Scientific Communications

3 SCH



12 SCH













Year 1: Summer

CBAN 6440

Methods in Molecular Biology (CBAN Advanced Course)

4 SCH

BMSC 5998

Individual Research for MS Students

2 SCH



6 SCH




Year 2: Fall

BMSC 5998

Individual Research for MS Students

3 SCH


Elective

6 SCH



9 SCH


Year 2: Spring

BMSC 5998

Individual Research for MS Students

6 SCH

BMSC 5395

Thesis

3 SCH



9 SCH




TOTAL


48 SCH




PhD Degree Plan for Cell Biology

Year 1: Fall

BMSC 6301

Integrative Biomedical Sciences I: Principles of Biochemistry

4 SCH

BMSC 6302

Integrative Biomedical Sciences II: Molecular Cell Biology

4 SCH

BMSC 5135

Introduction to Faculty Research Programs

2 SCH

BMSC 5160

Biomedical Ethics

1 SCH

BMSC 5150

Lab Rotations

1 SCH



12 SCH




Year 1: Spring

BMSC 6303

Integrative Biomedical Sciences III: Physiology

3 SCH

BMSC 6304 Integrative Biomedical Sciences IV: Pharmacology 2 SCH

BMSC 6305

Integrative Biomedical Sciences V: Immunology and Microbiology

3 SCH

BMSC 5150

Lab Rotations

1 SCH

BMSC 5310

Scientific Communications

3 SCH



12 SCH










Year 1: Summer

CBAN 6440

Methods in Molecular Biology (CBAN Advanced Course)

4 SCH

CBAN 5390

Special Problems in Cell Biology and Immunology

2 SCH



6 SCH





Year 2: Fall



BMSC 6998

Individual Research

2 SCH

CBAN 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

CBAN 6141

Current Topics in Cell Biology and Immunology

1 SCH

CBAN 5391

Special Problems in Cell Biology and Immunology

2 SCH


Elective 1

3 SCH



12 SCH


Year 2: Spring

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

2 SCH

CBAN 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

CBAN 6341

Proteomics and Genomics (CBAN Advanced Course 2)

3 SCH

CBAN 6141

Current Topics in Cell Biology and Immunology

1 SCH

CBAN 5390/5391

Special Problems in Cell Biology and Immunology

2 SCH


Elective 2

3 SCH


Qualifying Examination

0 SCH



12 SCH




Year 2: Summer

BMSC 5400

Biostatistics for Biomedical Science

4 SCH

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

2 SCH



6 SCH

Year 3: Fall

BMSC 6310

Grant Writing

3 SCH

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

2 SCH

CBAN 5140

Seminar in Current Topics

1 SCH

CBAN 6141

Current Topics in Cell Biology and Immunology

1 SCH

CBAN 5390/5391

Special Problems in Cell Biology and Immunology

2 SCH


Elective 3

3 SCH



12 SCH




Year 3: Spring

BMSC 5165

Introduction to Industry Practice

1 SCH

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

5 SCH


Elective 4

3 SCH



9 SCH




Year 3: Summer

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

6 SCH




Year 4: Fall

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

6 SCH

BMSC 6395

Doctoral Dissertation

3 SCH



9 SCH




Year 4: Spring

BMSC 6998

Individual Research

6 SCH

BMSC 6395

Doctoral Dissertation

3 SCH



9 SCH




TOTAL


105 SCH




Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination within the discipline of Cell Biology must be successfully completed prior to concluding 72 semester credit hours (SCH). The main goal of the examination is to ensure that each doctoral student has a broad knowledge base in biomedical sciences and has mastered the fundamental principles of cell biology and genetics in order to be a successful doctoral candidate and an independent researcher. The qualifying examination consists of written and oral phases. The examination will be directed towards the didactic course work of the student. Basic knowledge and understanding of general research techniques in cell and molecular biology will be included.

The initial phase of the qualifying examination consists of a set of written questions administered by a qualifying examination committee (QEC) composed of faculty members of the Department of Cell Biology and Immunology. Within four weeks of taking the written examination, the chair of the QEC will schedule the oral examination. The oral examination will consist of questions that further explore the student's answers in the written phase, as well as questions on additional topics in cell biology and immunology as deemed appropriate by the QEC. The University Committee Member must be in attendance for the oral phase of the examination.

The qualifying examination will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Successful completion of the qualifying exam must be accomplished before the student can register for Grant Writing (BMSC 6310). Two attempts to pass the qualifying examination will be allowed. Failure to pass the qualifying examination after two attempts will result in dismissal from the doctoral program. In this case, a student may be allowed to complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree.

Grant Writing (6310)

After passing the qualifying examination, but prior to the completion of 84 SCH, the student must register for Grant Writing (BMSC 6310). This stage of the advancement to doctoral candidacy evaluates a student's aptitude for independent thought and scientific writing.

The student is required to (a) writing an NH R21 grant application; (b) presenting the grant proposal in a public seminar; and (c) orally defend the proposal before his/her doctoral advisory committee. The proposal should be based on an original hypothesis and should describe specific experimental approaches to address the hypothesis. The graduate advisor will appoint a member of the student's advisory committee to coordinate the process. The student will meet with the advisory committee at least twice during the semester to review drafts of the proposal. The final written proposal must be typed in NIH format and presented to the advisory committee at least two weeks prior to the public seminar and oral defense. The grant proposal and the student's oral presentation and defense will be evaluated on the basis of originality and ability to synthesize and communicate the proposal content. The student's University Member must be present for the public seminar and oral defense of the proposal.

Upon successful completion of Grant Writing (BMSC 6310), the student is advanced to doctoral candidacy. Two attempts to successfully complete Grant Writing (BMSC 6310) will be allowed. Failure to pass Grant Writing (BMSC 6310) will result in dismissal from the doctoral program. In this case, a student may be allowed to complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree.

This page last updated 15th Jan 2014