Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Biochemistry and Systems Biology

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy program.

72 credits, including required core, dissertation, and elective coursework. Successful completion of a grant-style qualifier examination is required for advancement to candidacy. In addition, students perform full-time research in faculty laboratories for the duration of their program. In GW laboratories, they are hired as paid research assistants/associates in the third year and beyond of the program.

Students are advised to complete up to 48 credits comprising required core courses, electives, and advanced readings and research in the first two years of PhD study. Upon successful completion of a grant-style qualifier, students then register for up to 24 credits of dissertation research through completion and successful oral defense of a written dissertation.

ANAT 6160Clinically Oriented Human Functional Neuroanatomy
or MICR 8210 Infection and Immunity
or PHAR 6116 Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
BMSC 8210Genes to Cells
BMSC 8212Systems Physiology
BMSC 8215Lab Rotations
BMSC 8216Scientific Writing, Presentation Skills, and Seminar Planning
BMSC 8217Ethics and Grant Writing
BMSC 8218Career Options in the Biomedical Sciences
BMSC 8230Molecular Basis of Human Disease
BMSC 8231Introduction to Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics
BMSC 8234Seminar in Systems Biology
BMSC 8235Applied Biostatistics for Basic Research
BMSC 8999Dissertation Research (taken for 12 - 24 credits)
CSCI 3571Introduction to Bioinformatics
20-32 credits in elective courses. Recommended electives include:
BMSC 8237Muscle: Heath and Disease
BMSC 8998Readings and Research
MMED 8214Molecular Medicine Seminar
MMED 8282Neural Development and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
MMED 8283Current Topics in Neuroscience
PHAR 6205Pharmacology

Research fields

  • Molecular basis of inherited muscle and CNS disease utilizing DNA gene chip technology
  • Genomic, epigenetic, metabolomic, and bioinformatic analyses
  • Biomarkers
  • Mechanistic pathways, genomics, proteomics, clinical medicine
  • Autoimmune and inflammatory responses in disease
  • Co-regulator biology
  • Cancer