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 individualized training to foster the development of students towards their career of choice. Our enthusiastic faculty  offers individualized mentoring to prepare students for diverse scientific careers. Our graduate students  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.  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.

Our goal is to provide our students with the tools necessary for a successful scientific career. In addition to excellence in research, our curriculum  offers courses  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 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 articles  resulting from their graduate work.  Our alumni  have been successful in various scientific careers, ranging from research in academic or biotechnology settings to teaching or scientific writing throughout the US and even the world.


  • Full scholarship includes $29,000 stipend, health insurance, and tuition.
  • More than 65 faculty with very diverse research interests.
  • Individualized training with a large choice of elective courses.
  • Small class sizes to ensure one-on-one interaction with top scientists.
  • Access to cutting-edge technology; several of our faculty are also directors of Advanced Technology Cores.
  • Free application with a deadline of Jan. 1.
  • Located with the Texas Medical Center, the largest in the world with 54 research institutes and hospitals.