Physiology & Biophysics

Structural Biology and Biophysics Training Program


The Structural Biology and Biophysics Training Program emphasizes quantitative methods and equips students to study cell and protein structure and function using state-of-the-art instrumentation and computing. The Department hosts outstanding research programs in the areas of structural biology and cellular ion channels and transporters.

Qualified students receive full tuition waiver, a stipend, and health benefits during the full duration of their studies.

There is a special program for MDs who wish to earn a PhD in Structural Biology and Biophysics.


A total of at least 54 credit hours are required to earn the Ph.D.
At least 36 hours (24 graded) of coursework must be successfully completed.
At least 18 hours of thesis research (PHOL701) are required for graduation.

RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS OF STUDY

For students directly admitted to the Department of Physiology & Biophysics (slight changes for students in other admission routes)


First Year: Fall

PHOL 456
Structure and Function of Proteins
2 Credits
PHOL 468
Membrane Physiology
3 Credits
PHOL 498-1
Physiology and Biophysics Departmental Seminar
1 Credits
PHOL 505-1
Laboratory of Research Rotation
3 Credits

First Year: Spring

PHOL 434
Structural Biology
3 Credits
PHOL 475
Protein Biophysics
3 Credits
PHOL 476
Cell Biophysics
3 Credits
PHOL 498-1
Physiology and Biophysics Departmental Seminar
1 Credits

First Year: Summer

PHOL 505-2
Laboratory of Research Rotation
3 Credits
PHOL 505-3
Laboratory of Research Rotation
3 Credits

Second Year: Fall

PHOL 498-1
Physiology and Biophysics Departmental Seminar
1 Credits
PHOL 601
Lab Research
0 Credits

Subsequent Terms

PHOL
Journal Club
0 Credits
PHOL 498-1
Physiology and Biophysics Departmental Seminar
1 Credits
PHOL 701
Thesis Research (PhD)
(credit as arranged)