IMBS Director's Course (GS-MB- 401)
This course will prepare students to become leaders in interdisciplinary and integrative cell and molecular biomedical research by developing practical and intellectual skills very early in their training.  The objectives are to: i) identify and evaluate the primary scientific literature and interpret the results; ii) evaluate and identify critical problems, identify significance and innovative approaches; iii), develop and justify the scientific rationale, testable hypotheses, design rigorous experimental approaches to test leading hypotheses using multiple and independent predictions; iv) develop specific aims and grant proposals; v) develop scientific writing skills; vi) write and orally defend a mock grant proposal; and vii) develop and give lucid presentations. 
Credits: 1 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Frederick Pereira


Biology of Aging & Age Related Diseases (GS-MB- 430)
This course provides students and post-docs with the most up-to-date information on current understanding of the aging process and age-related human disorders. The course not only covers molecular aspects of aging research, including models and theories of aging, but also clinical perspectives of aging.  This advanced (elective) graduate course is offered for students who wish to either specialize in or have a strong background in the interrelated areas of development, aging and age-related diseases.  Students are strongly encouraged to actively participate by posing questions and contributing to discussions of each topic.  
Credits: 3 
Term: 4 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Frederick Pereira


Translational Cancer Biology (GS-MB- 431)

This course integrates the basic science and translational aspects of research with clinical applications, thus enhancing student understanding of current research and clinical correlations in particular cancers. Each week will have a particular cancer focus and the meeting time will include a clinically focused lecture, a basic science focused lecture, and a journal club article presented by students. Students will attend a minimum of two tumor board sessions during the term, which include a patient case presentation followed by discussion detailing the background, treatment, outcomes, and research avenues of the patient’s malignancy. These tumor boards can be attended at any time during the course. 
Credits: 2 
Term: 2 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: Y 
Director: Dr. Jason Yustein


Special Projects (GS-MB- 435)
Faculty mentored research for students that have not been admitted to candidacy.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. David Nelson


Special Topics (GS-MB- 463)
Scholarly study directed by a faculty member. Special topics allow a faculty member to develop individualized courses for students. Special topics cannot be used to satisfy the 30 hr course requirement.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. David Nelson


Seminar in Cell & Molecular Biology (GS-MB- 466)

This is a Research in Progress Seminar Series for students enrolled in the Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (IMBS). The objective of the course is for students within the Graduate Program to have an opportunity to present their ongoing research to a diverse group of colleagues, and to receive feedback from these colleagues in regards to the quality of their presentation and work. The aggregate of the IMBS student body is divided into student six critique groups, two of which are assigned to each seminar on a rotating basis. Each member of the assigned critique group is required to complete one to two evaluation forms (Presentation Style or Scientific Rigor) and return it to the student present.
Credits: 1 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. Joel Neilson


Readings (GS-MB- 548)
Faculty directed literature projects that survey a specialized topic of interest.
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. David Nelson


Research Rotation (GS-MB 549)
Faculty mentored research for students who have not yet selected a faculty advisor
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. David Nelson


Dissertation (GS-MB 550)
Thesis research directed by a faculty mentor and advisory committee. Open only to candidates for the Ph.D. or M.S. degree
Credits: Variable 
Term: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 
Counts for 30 hr. requirement: N 
Director: Dr. David Nelson