Graduate Program in Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

About Us

The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine offers a strong research oriented program of graduate studies leading to a Ph.D.

Our program places a strong emphasis on personalized training to foster the development of students toward their career of choice. Our enthusiastic faculty offer individualized mentoring to prepare students for diverse scientific careers ranging from academia, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical industry to science writing and regulatory aspects of science as highlighted by the successful and diverse career paths taken by our alumni.

Our graduate students are offered the opportunity to receive training in cutting-edge methods of molecular and cell biology, genetics, genomics, neurosciences, biomedical imaging, electrophysiology, biophysics, immunology, protein biochemistry, and pharmacology to the study of problems of physiological importance by experts in the fields.  Many of our students’ research projects combine in-depth basic science studies of cellular processes under physiological and pathological conditions with more translational aspects at the whole organism level. A growing number of students with interests outside of academic research can benefit from interning in local biotechnology companies and from interactions with the Baylor Licensing Group, the Dan L. Duncan Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, or the Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMCx).

Our mission is to provide our students with the tools necessary for a successful scientific career. In addition to excellence in research, our curriculum takes advantage of courses and workshops within the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and other institutes with the Texas Medical Center to offer training in physiology, from the level of the cell to that of the organ and the whole organism, in professional development, in oral and written communication skills for scientists, and in biostatistics. Our graduate students have diverse backgrounds, research interests, and career goals, a limited number of didactic courses are therefore required in favor of elective didactic courses chosen by each student to match their scientific and career interests.

Many of our graduate students have received awards to travel to scientific meetings and in recognition of the excellence of their work and presentations. On average, our students publish four peer-reviewed articles during their graduate training. Our alumni have successful scientific careers in varied settings, ranging from research in academia and industry, to teaching, scientific writing, patent law, and consulting in locations throughout the US and the world.


Individualized training with a large choice of elective courses offered within Baylor College of Medicine and at nearby institutes

Internationally recognized faculty with very diverse research interests 

Highly collaborative environment

Small class sizes ensure one-on-one interaction with top scientists

Students are not required to teach, but may do so if they wish to

Access to cutting-edge technology; several of our faculty are also directors of Advanced Technology Cores

Located within the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world with 54 research institutes and hospitals

Free application with a deadline of Jan. 1

Full scholarship includes $29,000 stipend, health insurance, and tuition

Dean’s Excellence Award provides a $3,000 annual supplement to students who obtain their own fellowship