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The Cell and Molecular Biology faculty at the University of Virginia provides a comprehensive graduate training program in modern cell and molecular biological sciences. It is the purpose of the program to provide the widest possible choice of mentors, and hence, research areas, while offering an individually-tailored academic program for each graduate student. We believe that the best biological scientists are those who possess a broad knowledge of cell and molecular biology, as well as a thorough understanding of their own particular research area.

The Cell and Molecular Biology program capitalizes on the expertise and resources of a large, diverse, and excellent faculty composed of more than ninety members from eight basic science departments and programs in the university. The research interests of these faculty members span the entire spectrum of modern cell and molecular biology, ranging from studies on the intricate structure of biological molecules to the complex unfolding of developmental pathways in multicellular organisms.

The members of the Cell and Molecular Biology Faculty teach courses individually or collectively through the auspices of individual departments, and hold discussion groups relating to specialized research areas. Seminars given by outside speakers enhance the range of expertise available to graduate students, and are offered continually throughout the school year by the Cell and Molecular Biology faculty and by individual departments.

Students participating in the Cell and Molecular Biology program are selected from those graduate students who have completed at least the first year of graduate courses and training.  Prospective students should apply for admission through one of the entrance portals, which may be accessed at: http://bims.virginia.edu