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Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Ph.D.

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University rank #651 (QS) , CO,
The MCB Ph.D. program offers both a core foundation in biophysical theory and practice. Students with quantitative undergraduate backgrounds (e.g., in physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering) who desire to apply these skills to various biological problems, particularly those of biomedical importance, will be prepared to conduct research at this exciting interface. 


Molecular and Cellular Biophysics PhD (MCB) University of Denver

  • The MCB PhD program is centered on research activities that coincide with faculty experience and expertise. Areas of research in the MCB program include cellular physiology, developmental dynamics, protein folding and aggregation, protein network analysis, signal transduction cascades, synthetic biology, systems biology and the development of novel imaging techniques. Projects at the interface of traditional disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry as well as methods of mathematical analysis and computer modeling are particularly encouraged.
  • The MCB PhD program offers both a core foundation in biophysical theory and practice yet provides flexibility and individualized attention such that students with diverse scientific backgrounds will have the opportunity to be trained in molecular and cellular biophysics. During their first year in the program, students conduct lab rotations, take a year-long course sequence that covers foundations of molecular and cellular biophysics and take additional graduate courses to supplement their undergraduate training. At the end of their first year, students will join the lab in which they will conduct their thesis research.
  • Students with strong quantitative undergraduate backgrounds (e.g., undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science/engineering) who desire to apply these skills to various biological problems, as well as students with a background in cell or molecular biology with a solid foundation in mathematics and physics are particularly encouraged to apply. Financial aid is usually offered in the form of Graduate Teaching or Graduate Research Assistantships, which cover tuition costs and provide a stipend for living expenses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Foundations in Biophysics
  • Current Topics in Biophysics
  • Directed Study
  • Lab Rotation
  • Independent Research
  • Independent Study
  • Cellular Biophysics

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Applicants must earn and submit proof of earning the equivalent of a baccalaureate degreeand, if applicable, a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution prior tobeginning graduate coursework at DU.
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Tuition Fee

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    1426 USD/credit
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  • National

    1426 USD/credit
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  • Over 18  $17,112 + $1,426 Per Hour over 18

Living costs for Denver

  • 1310 - 2220 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


To be considered for financial support, domestic applicants should apply early and submitthe Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline; February 15.International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.• Students are supported by graduate teaching assistantships through the program for the first year, and on graduate research or teaching assistantships, arranged by their faculty thesis advisor, in their subsequent years. Either mechanism typically includes a tuition waiver, stipend and health insurance.

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