Department of Biomedical Sciences College of Medicine Florida State University

Department of Biomedical Sciences College of Medicine Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Program Emphasis on Three Broad Areas of Research

The Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine focuses on three broad areas of research: development, neuroscience, and the molecular basis of human disease.

Researchers in the area of development examine a wide variety of questions such as the mechanism of sex determination in the fruit fly and the molecular mechanism of glial development. Neuroscience researchers study issues such as neural signaling pathways in the brain, synaptic physiology underlying cortical function, stress and drug addiction, energy homeostasis and hypertension, neuroendocrine chronobiology, and molecular basis for circadian rhythms.

Research related to the molecular basis of human disease is centered on structural biology, protein biophysics, molecular mechanisms of liver fibrosis, histones and genome stability, protein misfolding in disease, and the role of inositolphosphoglycans in cell signaling.

Current Research Topics

Florida State graduate courses in biomedical sciences include seminar-based courses where doctoral students present current research on biomedical sciences topics under the guidance of faculty members, as well as laboratory courses designed to provide students with individualized instruction and research. Courses are also offered in bioregulation and special topics such as aging, biotechnology, bioinformatics, genomics, molecular signaling, neuroscience, and physiology. Biomedical sciences coursework provides training in laboratory techniques and experimental approaches that are essential to contemporary molecular biology and biochemistry research.

Integrated Health Sciences Graduate Courses Offer Students Training in Health-Related Programs

The integrated health sciences course offerings at FSU include individualized research experiences, laboratory training, and seminar-based programs. Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research surveys issues raised by using animals in research, using people in research, and the scientific method itself. Seminars on health sciences and medical science education prepare students for teaching, conducting laboratory experiments, ethics in teaching, and legal and safety issues. Students in the Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences are required to participate in a minimum of two semester hours of supervised teaching before graduation.

Core Facilities Laboratories Provide State-of-the-Art Equipment for Students

Graduate students in the Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine have access to core facilities labs containing state-of-the-art technologies in microscopy, genomics, proteomics, and flow cytometry.

The Cell Culture Facility is designed to accommodate the culture of mammalian cell lines and other animal cell lines, such as insect cells. The Flow Cytometry Laboratory facilitates the process in which measurements of physical and/or chemical characteristics of cells or particles are made while the cells pass single file through the measuring apparatus in a fluid stream.

The Confocal Microscopy Laboratory contains a laser confocal microscope equipped with a multiphoton laser, as well as other fixed laser lines that allow the user to select excitation wavelengths between 705-980nm. The technology allows spectacular simultaneous imaging of even four fluorescence proteins without dichroic mirrors or filters.

The Translational Science Laboratory has been established in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. The translational lab is a new state-of-the-art facility for the identification of biomarkers taken from biological samples and for high end proteomic and metabolomic analyses within its multi-site clinical research network.

Florida State University

Florida State University is a Carnegie I Research Institution in Tallahassee, nestled among the rolling hills of northwest Florida. Because of its location between the mild, moist climate of the Gulf states and the subtropical climate of the rest of Florida, Tallahassee sees the change of all four seasons. The city is home to two major universities and a community college, and with a median age of only 26.4, Tallahassee is Florida's youngest city.

A variety of successful programs span the field of biomedical science, including structural biology, neuroscience, chemistry, and biochemistry. Research at FSU is also supported by the School of Computational Science and Informational Technology, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

Location & Contact

Department of Biomedical Sciences

College of Medicine
Florida State University

1115 West Call Street, MSR 1350-L
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300
United States

Dr. Richard Nowakowski


Phone: 850-644-7963
Fax: 850-644-5781

Ms. Christina Goswick-Childers

Academic Program Specialist

Phone: 850-645-6420
Fax: 850-644-5781

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biomedical Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Neuroscience Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 8
    • 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? No
    • 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


14% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 67
    • Accepted 10
    • Acceptance Rate 14
    • Enrolled 8
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $30
    • Application Fee - International $30
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Not Reported
    • 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
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students29
    • Female Percentage69%
    • Male Percentage31%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students29
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino14%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian59%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian17%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty27
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage26%
    • Male Percentage74%




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