Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

College

  • Center City Campus
  • College of Life Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctorate

Program Length

4-5 Years

Program Infomation

  • On Campus

Prerequisites  

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Curriculum

First year students take three integrated courses that impart a broad knowledge base in the structure-function relationships of macromolecules, the utilization of genetic information in living systems and the pathways of intracellular signal transduction that govern tissue development, cellular differentiation and cell death. These three courses are augmented by advanced electives in selected topics chosen by the student in consultation with their academic and research advisers. Students are given flexibility in designing a curriculum that meets their scientific interests and research needs.

In addition to coursework, first year students engage in research during three 10-week rotations in the laboratories of program faculty. These rotations not only serve as introductions to different experimental systems and approaches, but also give students a chance to sample different research environments in their search for a thesis laboratory. PhD thesis research involves meaningful, critical thinking and executing ideas in the laboratory through the use of sound scientific method. Students are guided by their mentors and a thesis research committee that meets on a routine basis throughout the training experience.

The PhD degree requires a minimum of 180 credits. At least 54 credits must be obtained from formal courses (including research rotations and seminars), of which a minimum of 18 credits must be in disciplines other than the major. The BMP Program requires the completion of nine credits of seminar. The Graduate School requires successful completion of GC 640 Research Ethics: The Responsible Conduct of Research, of all doctoral students. 

Course requirements are usually completed by the end of the second year, and students spend an average of another two to three years to complete their individual thesis projects. Throughout their experience, students take part in weekly journal clubs, attend seminars, and have many opportunities to present and discuss their work both with faculty and students at Thomas Jefferson University and at national scientific meetings. It is expected that most students will complete their PhD degree about five years after starting the program.

Note: Credits for the 910, 920 and 930 Research courses and Electives are variable. Assign credits to Research and/or Electives to equal the target number of credits for each semester.

Fall Semester (20 Credits)
Courses Credits
GC 550 Foundations of Biomedical Science 10
GC 760 PhD Laboratory Rotations 3
BI 710 Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology 1
BI 910 Research Variable
Winter Semester (10 Credits)
Courses Credits
BI 940 Research Variable
Spring Semesters (30 Credits)
Courses Credits
GC 770 PhD Laboratory Rotations 3
GC 640 Research Ethics       1
BI 525 Biochemistry – Genetics Information Transfer 3
BI 614 Marcomolecular Function: Thermodynamics and Kinetics       2
BI 720 Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology       1
BI 725 Journal Club        1
NS 740 Applied Statistics       2
PR 613 Macromolecular Structure: Protein Structure       3
Elective    Variable
BI 920 Research    Variable
Summer Semester (10 credits)
Courses Credits
BI 730 Seminar          1
BI 930 Research Variable

Fall Semester (20 Credits)
Courses Credits
Elective(s) Variable
GC 665 Cell Signaling      4
BI 710 Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology 2
BI 715 Journal Club 1
BI 910 Research Variable
Winter Semester (10 Credits)
Courses Credits
BI 940 Research Variable
Spring Semesters (30 Credits)
Courses Credits
Elective(s) Variable
GC 730 Planning & Writing a Research Grant      1
BI 720 Seminar in Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology 2
BI 725 Journal Club 1
BI 920 Research Variable
Summer Semester (10 Credits)
Courses Credits
BI 930 Research Variable

Course Title Semester

Credits

CB 615 Developmental Biology I - Embryology      Fall     3
GC 520 Cult. Comp for Biomed Sciences  Fall & Spring     2

GC 558 Intro to UNIX & Program in C

Fall

    3

GC 559 Intro to R Programming

Fall

    3

GC 560 Data Visualization

Spring

    3

GC 561 Data Structures and Algorithms

Spring

    3

GC 562 Computational Genomics

Fall

    3

GC 563 Computational Transcriptomics

Summer

    3

GC 564 Data Mining & Knowledge Discov

Summer

    3

GC 617 ManagPharm DrugDevelopProjects

Spring

    2

GC 630 Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

Fall

    3

GC 635 Intro to Clin Trials Mgmt

Spring

    2

GC 636 Prin Car Mgmt – Diverse BM Careers

Spring

    2

GC 642 Fluorescence Microscopy

Spring

    1

GC 645 Genomics and Bioinformatics

Spring

    3

GC 660 Statistical Methods

Fall, Spring

    3

GC 675 Cancer Immunology

Spring

    2

GE 612 Adv Top in Molecular Genetics

Spring

3

GE 636 Tumor Cell Signaling & Cell Cycle

Fall

3

GE 637 Human Genetics

Spring

3

GE 651 Pathobiology of Cancer

Spring

2

IMP 505A Fundamentals of Immunology

Spring

2

IMP 505B Immune System in Health & Disease

Spring

2

NS 700 Cellular Neurophysiology

Spring

4

NS 715 Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience

Spring

3

PR 522 General Pharmacology

     Fall

     3