Program Requirements

Trainees are expected to complete the standard Graduate School core curriculum and take courses structured to expose the students to the range of fundamental concepts and experimental and computational methods used in structural and chemical biology (Principles of Structural and Chemical Biology).

Students will extend their training by selecting from the graduate school curriculum a combination of more advanced courses that focus on their area of specialization. Of particular interest to Structural/Chemical Biology and Molecular Design students will be the courses on Computer Modeling of Macromolecules, and Structural and Chemical Approaches to Molecular Design.

Students are required to participate in a student seminar/journal club and in departmental seminars relevant to their fields of interest. They are also expected to participate in appropriate specialized discussion/interest groups organized by the training faculty.

At the end of the first year, students are expected to pass the first part of the second-level examination. This exam requires them to demonstrate general knowledge in their training area and advanced knowledge in their field of specialization.

Part 2 of the second-level exam consists of a thesis proposal and its defense. Successful passing of the second-level examination enables students to conduct their doctoral research under the guidance of a qualified thesis adviser and a specialized advisory committee.

The advisory committee will be selected jointly by the student and the adviser and will be approved by the steering committee. Upon completion of the dissertation, the student will present it in an open forum and defend it before an examining committee.