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Program in Molecular Medicine Institute for Biomedical Sciences The George Washington University

  • Washington, DC
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 68%32%
    student ratio
  • 19
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • December 15
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 3 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


A Doctoral Program in Molecular Medicine

The Molecular Medicine program, one of 3 Ph.D. programs offered through George Washington University's Institute for Biomedical Sciences, trains students for careers in cutting-edge biomedical research involving the analysis of the human organism, and its role in health and disease, at the molecular and genomics levels.

Students in the program enroll in one of 3 specializations: molecular and cellular oncology, neurosciences, or pharmacology and physiology.

After one year of coursework study in a core curriculum in biomedical sciences, students begin biomedical research in their chosen field.

Students work under the mentorship of highly trained faculty in research labs tackling issues ranging from neurotransmitter signaling and carcinogenesis to congenital defects of the nervous system and the role of stem cells in regenerative biology.

The program provides access to extensive research and core facilities in the George Washington University Medical Center, as well as the Children's Research Institute of the Children's National Medical Center, and researchers often collaborate with labs at the National Institutes of Health and other Washington-area research organizations that are affiliated with the program.

First Year Students Immersed in Core Curriculum

IBS students at George Washington University take a first-year core curriculum of rigorous coursework, complemented by practical career skills courses focusing on topics such as scientific writing, speaking, biomedical ethics, and careers in the biomedical sciences.

Research Rotations

Research rotations are also a central component of the first year of study. Students take part in 3 research rotations that are 11 weeks long and offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Following completion of the rotations, students select faculty mentors and labs in which they will go on to complete their dissertations.

In addition to expanding students' research skills and experience, the rotations give students familiarity with research projects taking place in the institute. Students are expected to be in the lab for 30 hours per week.

Molecular and Cellular Oncology Specialization

In the molecular and cellular oncology track, students join faculty on research projects that involve molecular biology and genomics in improving the understanding of the cellular nature, etiology, prevention, and therapy of cancer.

Projects tackle issues such as the molecular mechanisms of breast cancer progression and UV radiation carcinogenesis and the effects of UV on cellular immunity.

Neuroscience Specialization

Students in the neuroscience track have opportunities to pursue research training in laboratories that study the full spectrum of questions currently motivating neuroscience research.

The new George Washington Institute for Neuroscience includes 25 investigators with a wide range of research interests. These encompass: exploration of neuronal excitability at the level of single channels; analysis of the action of therapeutic and addictive drugs on the developing or mature brain; circuitry, function and plasticity of sensory systems, and learning, memory, attention and language capacities in the human brain. An emerging emphasis is neural development and the consequences of disrupted development for pathology in a variety of developmental disorders including autism, and several psychiatric diseases including schizophrenia.

Pharmacology and Physiology Specialization

In the pharmacology and physiology track, research focuses on pharmacology, or the interaction of drug molecules with biological systems, such as how the body reacts to drugs and toxins, and physiology, which can include the study of everything from organ system function to how cells regulate ionic fluxes.

Principal areas of research in the pharmacology and physiology track include neuropharmacology, molecular carcinogenesis and genetic toxicology, cancer chemotherapy, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, and cardiovascular physiology.

Research Labs

Research labs in molecular medicine investigate some of modern medicine's most pressing challenges. Projects include the study of nicotine and the functional roles of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the central nervous system, the regulation of presynaptic neurotransmitter release, and the regulation of tumor metastasis and angiogenesis by tyrosine kinase signaling in childhood brain tumors.

Seminars Provide Additional Learning Opportunities

The program offers a highly informative research seminar series featuring distinguished speakers and investigators, and students also can benefit from regular seminars and special lectures at GWU's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Children's Research Institute of the Children's National Medical Center.

Location & Contact

Program in Molecular Medicine

Institute for Biomedical Sciences
The George Washington University

2300 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States

Dr. Norman Lee


Phone: 202-994-2114

Phone: 202-994-2179
Fax: 202-994-0967

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Pharmacology And Physiology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Neurosciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Molecular And Cellular Oncology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 3
    • Doctoral Degrees 12
    • 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? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 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, interview, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

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 feesNot Reported
    • 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 awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students19
    • Female Percentage68%
    • Male Percentage32%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students19
    • Part-time Percentage68%
    • Full-time Percentage32%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian69%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown7%



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