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Program in Biophysics Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Milwaukee, WI
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 34%66%
    student ratio
  • 29
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15
    fall application deadline
  • 26%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin Offers a Ph.D. Degree Program in Biophysics

It is an analytical and highly capable academic mind that chooses to pursue a career in biophysics. Many advances in molecular biophysics and related subjects, such as free radicals and paramagnetic metal ions, have come about through related academic research. Students who are fortunate enough to be part of the Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics or Ph.D. in Magnetic Resonance Biophysics programs at Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) can be at the forefront of scientific discovery. In addition to a rigorous academic program, Ph.D. students attend both a weekly seminar where internal and external scientists present their research and a journal club in which the students present and critique published literature. These activities add to the breadth and depth of the graduate experience at MCW. Publishing research papers is an integral part of the doctoral study program.

The Department of Biophysics Has a Strong Research Program for Graduate Students

Research is at core of the Ph.D. in Biophysics study program. The curriculum at the MCW in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is designed to develop students' research capabilities so that during their doctoral study they can make more valuable contributions to the field of biomedical science in both the academic and clinical arenas. Only a handful of students are accepted into the Ph.D. program after meeting both the academic requirements and the technical requirements. The technical requirements include problem-solving capabilities and critical-analysis skills, coupled with a good physical and emotional health record reflecting that they will be able to complete the course of study. The college will likely interview applicants to evaluate their skills and level of maturity. The application requirements are stringent to ensure that the students that do get accepted can cope with the course workload as well as the academic challenges of the actual course material in the biophysics graduate program. Subjects such as molecular biophysics and the study of biological processes require dedicated academic application and many hours of research. Students work under the mentorship of their faculty adviser who guides their research and helps them plan their academic careers.

Students Engage in Innovative Research at MCW as Part of Their Doctoral Graduate Study Programs

A Ph.D. program at the Medical College of Wisconsin generally runs for four to six years. For the first two years students complete the core curriculum and several electives. Students might choose to study neuroscience, physiology, free radicals, protein chemistry, biological membranes, or paramagnetic metal ions as part of their electives. This course work forms the basis of the graduate student's foundation in biophysics from which students can select their doctoral research topics. Students do not have teaching responsibilities and can therefore dedicate their study time to research under the mentorship of leading faculty members. An oral dissertation forms part of the study program and research progress is expected to be presented at certain milestones within the five-year program. Students are aided in their research by access to state-of-the-art research centers such as the National Biomedical EPR Center and the Free Radical Research Center and Redox Biology Program.

Ph.D. Subjects Are as Diverse as Molecular Biophysics, Magnetic Resonance Biophysics, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The study of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is one of the advanced technologies that students involved in the biophysics graduate program can study. One aspect of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as used in the study of neuroscience is the mapping of human brain function. There are three aspects to this field of research. The first emphasis is on obtaining faster and more efficient imaging methods. This is the study of functional magnetic resonance imaging also known as fMRI. A second field of interest relates to the diagnosing of cancerous tissue within the brain cells. Here the theory of differential relaxation times is explored. The third emphasis of study in this field involves the mathematical and statistical techniques for scientific modeling used to analyze MRI and fMRI experiments. Image reconstruction and computation are key elements of the experimentation process. One aspect of particular interest is that functional magnetic resonance imaging does not directly measure the level and type of neural activity in the brain. What it actually measures is the indirect consequences of increased neural activity that results in physiological changes close to the area of the neural activation. These manifest in symptoms such as increased blood oxygenation as well as increased blood flow to the area.


Location & Contact

Program in Biophysics

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin

8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
United States

Dr. Neil Hogg

Director of Recruitment

Phone: 414-955-4012
Fax: 414-955-6512
Email: nhogg@mcw.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biophysics Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 3
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

26% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 19
    • Accepted 5
    • Acceptance Rate 26
    • Enrolled 3
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$150.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students29
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students29
    • Part-time Percentage7%
    • Full-time Percentage93%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian89%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown1%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty22
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage18%
    • Male Percentage82%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchX-ray crystallography, electron spin resonance and membrane structure, protein and membrane dynamics, magnetic resonance imaging, free radical biology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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