Ph.D. On Campus

Pathobiology and Mechanisms of Disease

Columbia University

36 months
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The Pathobiology and Mechanisms of Disease Program at Columbia University is designed to give PhD students a strong background in graduate-level biology. 


Key facts:

  • Columbia University has created a curriculum that deeply examines the basic science, clinical, and social implications of a number of diseases in great detail. Diseases like sickle cell anemia, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, neuromuscular diseases, liver diseases, diabetes, and diseases of the eye are major areas of research focus. 
  • The Pathobiology and Mechanisms of Disease program aims at a new approach to converting basic research of disease into clinically relevant results. Alumni have gone on to important positions in academia, government, and industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Molecular Genetics 
  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Cellular Tissue and Architecture
  • Mechanisms of Human Disease 
  • Statistics for the Basic Sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • First-year classes start: Late-August


90 SCH


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A basic knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics
  • A personal interview
  • Letters of recommendation from former instructors

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 USD /month
Living costs

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


Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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