Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Genomics and Bioinformatics

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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 and elective courses. 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 interdisciplinary core courses, required genomics 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 register for up to 24 credits of dissertation research through completion and successful oral defense of a written dissertation.

Required interdisciplinary core
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 8235Applied Biostatistics for Basic Research
Required genomics core
GENO 8231
Electives
24 credits elective courses selected in consultation with graduate program advisor:
ANAT 6130Clinically Oriented Human Embryology
ANAT 6150Clinically Oriented Human Microscopic Anatomy
ANAT 6160Clinically Oriented Human Functional Neuroanatomy
ANAT 6182Fundamentals of Translational Science
ANAT 6275Advanced Studies in Translational Sciences
BIOC 6240Next Generation Sequencing
BIOC 6242Bioscience Big Data Statistics
BIOC 6281Topics
BIOC 8225Metabolism
BIOC 8232Molecular and Cellular Signaling
BMSC 8219
CANC 8221The Basic Science of Oncology
CANC 8222
GENO 6223Bioinformatics
GENO 6236Medical Genomics
GENO 6237
GENO 8234Genomics and Precision Medicine Seminar
GENO 8998Advanced Readings and Research
MICR 6292Tropical Infectious Diseases
MICR 8210Infection and Immunity
MICR 8230Molecular and Cellular Immunology
MICR 8270Advanced Topics in Immunology
NRSC 8284Conceptual and Experimental Neuroscience
PHAR 6116Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
PHAR 6205Pharmacology
PHAR 6206Advanced Pharmacology
PHAR 6322
PHAR 8281
PUBH 6276Health Microbiology
PUBH 6278Public Health Virology
Dissertation research
GENO 8999Dissertation Research
Required courses may be waived at the discretion of the graduate program director based on written documentation of prior equivalent coursework. Any waiver increases the number of electives required, by the number of credits waived.