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Molecular and Cellular Biology

Houston, Texas

Image 1: Ovulated mouse cumulus cell oocyte complex immunostained for matrix proteins hyaluronan and versican. By JoAnne Richards, Ph.D.; Image 2: By Yi LI, Ph.D.; Image 3: Mouse oocyte at meiosis I immunostained  for tubulin (red) phosphop38MAPK (green) and DNA (blue). By JoAnne Richards,  Ph.D.;  Image 4: Expanded cumulus cell ooctye ocmplex  immunostained for hyaluronan (red), TSG6 (green) and DAN (blue). By JoAnne  Richards, Ph.D.;  Image 5: Epithelial cells taken from a mouse  mammary gland were cultured in a dish and transduced with a retrovirus  expressing two genes. The green staining shows green fluorescent protein and the red  staining shows progesterone receptor expression. The nucleus of each cell is  stained blue. Photomicrograph taken at 200X magnification.  By Sandra L. Grimm,  Ph.D.; Image 6: Ovarian vasculature (red) is excluded from the granulosa cells (blue) within growing follicles (round structures); Image 7:  Ovulated mouse cumulus cell oocyte  complex immunostained for matrix proteins hyaluronan and versican. By JoAnne Richards, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
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Application Process

Admissions Information

Application Deadline: The deadline has been extended to Jan. 1
Beginning in December, completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications should be submitted as early as possible. Deadline for completed applications is Jan. 1.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with sound preparation in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. Research experience is strongly recommended.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the FREE online application. Select Molecular & Cellular Biology.
  • Personal statement: Include your career goals
  • Research statement: Include your research interests
  • Official transcript(s) should be sent to:

    Graduate School of Biomedical Science
    Baylor College of Medicine
    One Baylor Plaza, MS Code BCM215
    Houston, TX 77030
  • Letters of recommendation (3-4) should be submitted electronically via the online application system.
  • Official GRE scores (not more than three years old) General Test is required. (Institution code is 6052).
    Subject Test in Biology; Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; or Chemistry is recommended.
  • TOEFL scores are required for foreign applicants who attended a non-English speaking university. Tests must not be more than two years old at the time of application. (Institution code is 6052). Perferred scores are above 100 for internet based, above 250 for computer based and above 600 for paper based exams.

Application Process

  • Applications are evaluated and ranked by a faculty-student committee
  • Selected applicants are invited for an expense-paid interview weekend. International applicants are interviewd by telephone
  • Ten new students are admitted each year
  • Notification of action regarding admission and financial support is generally made within two weeks of the interview and before April 15

Interview Weekends
Top applicants that reside in the United States are invited to Houston for an expense-paid interview. Applicants arrive on a Thursday afternoon to attend an evening dinner reception. They interview with faculty on Friday and tour the city with students on Saturday. Departures are scheduled for Sunday morning. Selected international applicants will be interviewed by telephone.

Interview weekends will be Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2013, and Feb. 28-March 3, 2013.

Questions? Please contact:

Caroline M. Kosnik
Graduate Program Administrator
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, MS BCM130
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-798-4598

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