Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology

Research Areas

BCDB Faculty Research falls within four major research areas:

Research Biochem Biochemistry and Structural Biology

Structural, functional and physical studies of macromolecules and macromolecular complexes.

Cell Biology Cell Biology

In vitro and in vivo studies of cellular and organismal levels using a range of modern cell biological techniques.

Developmental Biology Developmental Biology

Studies investigating the mechanisms and molecules involved in embryogenesis of a variety of different model organisms.

Cancer Biology
Cancer Biology

Studies of the molecular and cell biological basis of cancer.

About the Program

The Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology (BCDB) program at Emory University is a cross-disciplinary training program that encourages and fosters innovative thinking and experimentation. Our faculty members are drawn from 15 departments within Emory University to provide training in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Development, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology, Cancer Biology and allied areas of research. The program uses formalized training in scientific research, presentation, writing, hypothesis design, and teaching to enable students to integrate diverse biological disciplines. Our students graduate as well-rounded biomedical research scientists who are highly competitive in a number of different career paths. Whether your goal is pure basic science or translational research, we offer research opportunities that will enable you to impact human health and our understanding of our world.

Student Testimonials

"Since I have started my postdoc, I have really appreciated what comprehensive training I received in the BCDB program. Not only was I well-trained in experimental techniques, but the emphasis on grant-writing and presentation of data really prepared me for interviewing and applying for fellowships."

Christine Tooley, Ph.D. (2005) Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Virginia

"Graduate work at Emory was a wonderfully enriching time in my career. During my time in the BCDB training program, I was exposed to many different research areas and topics via journal clubs, weekly faculty and student seminars, and special colloquiums. The interdisciplinary nature of these events was outstanding. These experiences gave me a solid knowledge of and excitement for science that I am now passing on to students in my own lab."

Todd Lamitina, Ph.D. (2002) Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

About the GDBBS

Emory University is one of the major biological research and medical referral centers in the Southeast and is among the fastest growing Medical Centers in the United States. Emory is consistently ranked in the top 20 institutions nationally for NIH research support. Emory was recently named one of the 25 “New Ivies” by Newsweek, a testament to its quality and dedication to education.

The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) has over 460 graduate students in nine interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs:

Over 330 world-renowned researchers mentor students admitted to these programs, giving them a unique opportunity to train with faculty at:

Financial support includes a tuition scholarship, health insurance and stipend ($28,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year). Funding is guaranteed as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward their degree. The average time to degree is about 6 years. Training is interdisciplinary and students have the flexibility to work with GDBBS faculty outside their program. Students typically perform three rotations before affiliating with a faculty member for their dissertation research.

The application deadline is December 1st for the following fall semester.

See the GDBBS admissions and application information.

GDBBS contact information:

Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University
1462 Clifton Road, Suite 314
Atlanta, GA 30322

(404) 727-2545
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