About Us

We are delighted that you are visiting our site and hope that you find our program unique, exciting and appropriate for you career goals.

The Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology takes great pride in its students and their accomplishments. The faculty recognizes that we are training the scientific leaders of tomorrow and are committed to making their experience in graduate school successful and rewarding. We honor our students' talents, encourage their success and delight in watching their careers develop and mature.

Each year at our MCB Graduate Student Symposium we express our thanks for all their contributions to our science, to the spirit, vitality, vision and future of our program and their careers.

There seems to be no better time than now to be part of the biomedical research community so we hope you will join the MCB program and participate in our efforts to make things happen and meet every challenge for the world tomorrow.

JoAnne S. Richards, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

Doctor of Philosophy Program

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology offers a comprehensive, diverse and extensive graduate program leading to a Ph.D. The program is designed to prepare scientists for highly competitive careers in research, industry and teaching. Graduate students are expected to devote full time to research and study. Entering graduate students spend year one of study in a sequence of required and elective courses that cover the principles and techniques in cellular, molecular, and structural biology while rotating in labs to select an advisor. 

The department has been instrumental in designing and participating in the core curriculum offered by The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Courses offered in the areas of developmental biology, regulatory biology, and reproductive biology are subspecialties of the curriculum. Graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the reciprocity among Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, by taking courses at these institutions. The department prides itself on an interactive, friendly, and productive atmosphere.

Students Perks

  • Houston’s low cost of living coupled with exciting diversity
  • An excellent collaborative research environment with internationally recognized research faculty to supervise thesis research
  • Well-funded (NIH) research programs in all areas of molecular and cellular biology
  • One of the top molecular and cellular biology departments in the U.S.
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Students receive a competitive stipend, health and dental insurance.
  • The stipend of $29,000 for academic year 2015/16 will increase to $30,000 in academic year 2016/17, $31,000 in academic year 2017/18, and $32,000 in academic year 2018/19. Students do not pay tuition
  • Health insurance, optional dental insurance
  • Completion of required coursework within one year