Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University Graduate School » Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

The PhD training programs in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences provide an interdisciplinary curriculum that utilizes the tools of molecular and cellular biology to train students for research in the detailed analysis of fundamental biological processes. Beginning in the fall of 2011, the common MCB first year curriculum utilized a newly designed two semester course, MCB 701/702, to provide broad exposure to these fundamentals topics:

  • Macromolecular synthesis, structure and function
  • Regulation of gene expression and genetics
  • Cell structure
  • Cell communication

Additionally, students will take a short course in analytical skills followed by their selection of three Program-Specific electives taught by the 5 participating MCB Graduate Programs.  The electives may be viewed in the attached file, and additional information found in the Graduate Bulletin.  This first year course of study is complemented by a seminar/discussion course in Scientific Professionalism and Integrity. 


During the first year, students explore scientific research projects by participating in three laboratory research rotations, choosing laboratories from within the 5 participating PhD programs. These laboratory rotations introduce students to new techniques and guide in the selection of a dissertation research advisor.  Once a research mentor has been selected, students begin specialization in the research area of that laboratory.  Students will complete courses specific to that program of study during the second year.

A visual view of the Curriculum:

For further detail of courses within each program, please refer to the program websites.