The Biology of Aging Program is an Aging Track of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Typically one to two students in a given year join the Aging Track. Participating faculty members hold appointments in basic science or clinical departments at the College and are HCOA core faculty or faculty associates.
Aging Track students enroll in didactic courses of the Graduate School in the first year, including the Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases course organized by HCOA, attend CMB student seminars, and must rotate in at least two laboratories doing aging research.
In the second year, they must successfully pass a qualifying exam based on an aging-related topic to qualify to perform their dissertation research.
The remainder of the student’s training is oriented toward full-time laboratory work on a thesis project related to aging and participation in the Biology of Aging Seminar Series, the Journal Club in Aging, departmental and CMB seminars and other student activities.