Research lies at the heart of the graduate experience at Boston College. Graduate students work directly with faculty in their labs while continuing their education. Current areas of faculty scholarship and expertise include Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Infectious Disease, and Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Within these areas of study the department offers a program of study leading to a Ph.D. For more information about faculty research visit the Research page. The Biology department also offers state-of-the-art research laboratories and core-research support facilities, including confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, and FACS facilities.
The Biology Ph.D. program at Boston College teaches students the research and communication skills needed for a successful career in the sciences. Our program provides a firm foundation in the principles of modern biology, and enhances critical thinking, experimental skills, and presentation abilities throughout coursework, research, seminars, and teaching experience.
The department's faculty are experienced in teaching and advising students while continuing their commitment to innovative research. In this environment students participate in a culture that is defined by both relationships in the laboratory and in the classroom. Students can choose to pursue a concentration in Cell and Developmental Biology, Computational Biology, or Molecular and Infectious Disease. Our graduates have gone on to productive careers at universities and research institutions across the country, as well as within the biotech industry, consulting, intellectual property and patent law and related fields.
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Graduate Program Director
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The Biology Graduate Program of Boston College is recruiting talented Candidates
- Developmental & Cell Biology
- Microbiology & Infectious disease
- Computational Biology
Key features of the program include
- First year course work and laboratory rotations leading to the selection of a PhD thesis lab
- Emphasis on the principles of scientific reasoning, logic, effective communication and the ethical conduct of research
- Advanced course seminars offered throughout the graduate career
- Extensive mentoring and support
- 12-month stipend of $37,500 for academic year
- Medical Insurance Cost Covered with Teaching and Research Assistantship
- Tuition Remission
- Financial support to attend meetings and training courses
- Department commitment to support professional development of each graduate student
- Access to Boston’s vibrant research community to facilitate collaborations and career opportunities
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Learning outcomes for students who complete a Ph.D. in Biology include being able to:
- Conduct original, publishable research in a field of Biology.
- Formulate a novel research question and design the experiments required to make advances in the field.
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and research in several areas of Biology and an in-depth knowledge of a specific area of expertise.
- Display an understanding of the ethical guidelines for biological research and be able to follow such guidelines.
- Communicate the findings of their research both orally and in writing to professional and lay audiences.