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Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Molecular Biology


The PhD  in molecular and cell biology degree program begins with core courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and mathematical biology. As a PhD candidate, you will conduct cutting-edge research in a laboratory of your choice. Research in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is organized into five areas of strength, which are:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Systems and Computational Biology

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Cell and Molecular Biology

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Background in calculus, general physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry and general biology, including genetics. Entering students not having this background may be required to take some additional course work in their first year or in the summer immediately preceding entry.

Test score required: Yes

GRE scores of at least 147 verbal and 295 combined are preferred.

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Nancy Yu
800 W. Campbell Road FO31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: FO3.606

Possible Careers

Research scientist and professor

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.