VCU School of Medicine Molecular Biology and Genetics Program

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VCU Molecular Biology and Genetics
About the Program

The Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) curriculum is an integrated interdisciplinary program of study that builds on the graduate programs of participating departments in the School of Medicine. The core curriculum is specifically designed to provide a strong foundation in biochemistry, cell biology and molecular genetics. Electives drawn from various departments allow individual specialization. The departments through which a Ph.D. or M.S. with a concentration in MBG can be pursued include Anatomy and Neurobiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Human Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, and Pharmacology and Toxicology. Participating faculty are associated not only with programs and departments within the School of Medicine, but also the Massey Cancer Center, Philips Institute for Oral and Craniofacial Molecular Biology (School of Dentistry), Institute of Structural Biology and Drug Discovery (School of Pharmacy), VCU Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, and the Department of Biology. The interdisciplinary approach to the solution of biological problems provided by this training is designed to teach students the flexibility and problem-solving skills necessary for success in a variety of scientific career opportunities.