Secondary Application to Other UW Programs

You may also wish to have your MCB application to undergo secondary consideration by other affiliate biomedical graduate programs listed below.  Choosing to do so will not change the status of your MCB application.  No additional fees or materials for your application are needed if you opt for secondary consideration by other programs.


The graduate program in Biology emphasizes integrative approaches to studying fundamental and applied problems in developmental, cellular and molecular biology, as well as other areas, and includes faculty working with such model systems as zebrafish, Arabidopsis, Drosophila, protists, marine invertebrates and more. Emphasis is placed on a highly personalized, flexible program of study emphasizing practical skills, professional development and collegial interactions with faculty, students and postdocs representing exceptionally diverse disciplines and backgrounds.

Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease Program

The new "M3D" Ph.D. Program at the University of Washington Medical School trains students to use advances in basic sciences to solve problems relevant to human disease; and to use insights from human disease processes to solve fundamental biological problems.  Students choose electives from the deep and varied menu offered by UW basic science and engineering departments. Students complement their experimental work with exposure to relevant problems in the clinic. 
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Pharmacology is the study of how cells and organisms interact with the molecules they encounter in their environment. The faculty members in the Department of Pharmacology are involved in diverse areas of research with special emphasis on molecular pharmacology, cellular regulation, neuropharmacology, and environmental toxicology. Active areas of research include evaluating the effects of drugs and chemicals on humans and animals; studying the actions of hormones, neurotransmitters, and other physiological regulators on individual cells; examining the detailed molecular structure of cellular constituents; and exploring how the cell regulates it's vital processes through transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms. Graduate training in Pharmacology will allow students access to a wide variety of experimental approaches derived from clinical medicine, biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics.

Physiology & Biophysics

Physiology is the study of the physical and chemical mechanisms by which cells and organs work, and encompasses processes from the molecular and cellular level to the driving of behavior. This discipline has a long and distinguished history and constitutes the cornerstone of medical research.
Biophysics is also a diverse discipline, based on the use of physical methods to study biological problems. This includes subject areas as wide-ranging as the development of tools for manipulating single molecules in vivo to the application of information theory to understand neural coding.

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