Graduate Program in Cell Analysis and Modeling Graduate School University of Connecticut Health Center

Graduate Program in Cell Analysis and Modeling Graduate School University of Connecticut Health Center

Farmington, CT
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December 1
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1 Degree Offered
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Cell Analysis and Modeling Graduate Program

University of Connecticut Health Center's (UCHC) Quantitative Cell Biology research has grown into the area in Cell Analysis and Modeling. Faculty associated with this area explore complex biological systems using the tools of computational cell biology, optical imaging and other quantitative approaches to analyze processes in living cells.

Our program is designed to train students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the cutting-edge research techniques that comprise the interdisciplinary research of modern cell biology. Students are provided with rigorous cross training in areas of mathematical, physical, and computational sciences and biology. Cell Analysis and Modeling students take courses, attend seminars and work on interdisciplinary research projects to broaden and strengthen their abilities to do quantitative cell biology research.

The Cell Analysis and Modeling (CAM) area of concentration is based within the Richard D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling (CCAM) at UCHC. Established in 1994, CCAM has emerged as a center that promotes the application of physics, chemistry and computation to cell biology. The environment of CCAM is designed to promote interdisciplinary interactions and its cadre of physical scientists are supported and valued in a way that is unique for a medical school.

The program is particularly strong in the following areas of research:

- Cellular Modeling: Analysis and Simulation, Data Integration, Modeling Movies Boundaries, Modularity and Multistate Complexes, Molecular Flux in Crowded Spaces, Stochastic Modeling and Discrete Particles

- Optical Imaging: Fluorescent Correlation Spectroscopy, Optical Probe Development, Second Harmonic Generation, Single Molecule Imaging

- Biophysics: Biological Signaling Platforms, In Vivo Nanofabrication

- Cell Biology: Cellular Tissues and Development, Cytoskeletal Dynamics, RNA Trafficking, Signal Transduction, Molecular Medicine

Program Description

The Cell Analysis and Modeling graduate program at the University of Connecticut Health Center offers training leading to a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. The first-year curriculum includes a choice of core courses in the basic biomedical sciences that have been specially formulated to acquaint the student with the principles and practice of modern biomedical research. These core courses include Immunology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Developmental Biology.

In addition to these core courses, students also participate in the Computational Analysis and Modeling Journal Club and Laboratory Rotations during the first year. During the second year, students can choose from advanced courses in a number of topics.

In consultation with their advisory committee, students work out a supplementary program of advanced courses, laboratory and computer experiences and independent study based on their previous experiences and interests that is designed to prepare them for general examinations near the end of their second year. All courses are described in the Course Offerings Catalogue found on the Registration page on the program's Web site. Thesis research begins in the second or third year, and research and thesis writing normally occupy the third and fourth years.

Course Work

Course work requirements are consistent with the current Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences requirements. The Ph.D. degree requires at least 44 credits beyond the baccalaureate or its equivalent. These credits will be composed of a set of core courses and a number of electives, as outlined below.

Core Courses

At least 15 credits of GRAD 6950 (Dissertation Research) must be included in the Plan of Study, representing the research effort the student devotes to the dissertation.

The Ph.D. course work will be consistent with the standard Graduate School credit requirement for students. The credits required for the Ph.D. may be earned through regular courses which include BMS required and elective courses, journal clubs and lab rotations/independent studies. This includes all courses numbered in the 5300 or 6400 series. Special topics courses may account for 9 credit hours and at least 8 credit hours will typically be from the Cell Analysis and Modeling journal clubs. Additional credit hours should be taken as lab rotations/independent study.

Seminar Program, Group Meetings and Journal Club

Students will have access to a diverse set of seminar programs and research meetings. The Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling (CCAM) Seminar Series features invited speakers of international renown. In addition to the main seminar program, there is also a "Physics in Biology Seminars" series, and often a single invited speaker will present a seminar in each of these series, the former designed for a cell biology audience and the latter for a more theoretical audience.

Elective Courses

Courses available to trainees during the first and second years include all courses in the Biomedical Sciences and Graduate School curricula. In the first year of studies, students can utilize the independent study mechanism to alleviate specific deficiencies in cross-disciplinary areas by attending short, modular study rotations with an identified set of CCAM faculty members.

To help students who lack a sufficient biology background to successfully complete traditional first year courses, CCAM permits these students to pursue first year courses in the second year of study in order to accommodate background courses. Also, students lacking sufficient training in mathematics, physics, or optical engineering may complete these courses before beginning traditional first year courses in biology.

Please note that the electives related to the biomedical graduate degree contain computational and/or biophysical methods developed by faculty associated with CCAM and may be also listed in other programs, specifically Biomedical Engineering (BME).

Advisory Committee

Since first year students generally enter the biomedical sciences program uncommitted to a specific AoC, they are each assigned a first year advisory committee by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the Health Center. Once a thesis research laboratory has been chosen (typically at the start of the second year), a thesis advisory committee is formed after consultation between the student and the major advisor. It includes at least two associate advisors. The major advisor and at least one associate advisor are members of the graduate faculty appointed to advise Ph.D. students in the student's field of study and AoC. One associate advisor may be chosen from outside the University in accordance with Graduate School procedures.

Plan of Study

The student must prepare a Plan of Study that must be approved by the advisory committee and the Executive Committee of the Graduate School. The plan will specify all formal courses which are to be completed, the scheduling of the General Examination, and the general area of the thesis research. The Plan of Study must gain the approval of the student's advisory committee before the General Examination can be taken.

General Examination

The general examination is taken near the end of the student's sequence of formal courses, as contained on the Plan of Study. There will be both a written and oral examination. No fewer than five faculty members, including all members of the student's advisory committee, participate in the examination. No fewer than five faculty shall be invited to submit questions and to evaluate the student's answers.

For the Cell Analysis and Modeling AoC, the examination will be set by the executive committee of the AoC with approval by the Graduate Programs Committee at UCHC. Initially the examination will consist of the preparation and defense of a research proposal, following the format of the NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA).

Dissertation Proposal

As the student reaches the point of undertaking the major part of the dissertation research, he or she prepares a proposal (10 pages in length) that is composed of several parts. These include the background and context of the proposed topic, a description of the work to be done, and the methodology through which it will be accomplished. The thesis committee typically reviews the proposal, followed by the Graduate Programs Committee. It is finally approved by the GFC Executive Committee.


Upon approval of the Plan of Study, passing the General Examination, and having had the Dissertation Proposal fully approved by the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty Council, the student becomes a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Students are notified of their advancement to Candidacy.


A dissertation representing a significant contribution to ongoing research in the candidate's field is required. The advisory committee gives final approval of the dissertation following the final examination.

Final Examination

The final examination is oral and under the jurisdiction of the advisory committee. It deals mainly with the subject matter of the dissertation. Invitation to participate in the examination will be issued by the advisory committee, although members of the faculty may attend. No fewer than five members of the faculty, including all members of the candidate's advisory committee, participate in the final examination.

Admissions Process

The deadline for the receipt of all application materials for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program is December 15.

Please note that this program does not have rolling admissions, and matriculates students for the Fall semester only following the application deadline (for example, a candidate applying by December 15 is applying for admission to the following year's Fall semester).

There are two steps in applying:

1. You will need to complete an an application form via the online or paper method.

- The preferred application method is to apply on-line. Applying online will save you money, but please be sure to pay with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).

- If you prefer to submit a paper application, you can request that a paper version of the application be mailed to you by emailing your full name and mailing address to Please note that the paper application fee must accompany your completed application; this fee must be paid with a U.S. Traveler's Check, U.S. Postal Money Order or draft on a U.S. bank.

2. You will need to send a packet containing the following supporting materials to:

Graduate Admission Office

Ph.D. in Biomedical Science Program

University of Connecticut Health Center

263 Farmington Avenue


Farmington, CT 06030-3906

Location & Contact

Graduate Program in Cell Analysis and Modeling

Graduate School
University of Connecticut Health Center

263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
United States

Ms. Stephanie Rauch


Phone: 860-679-4509

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Cell Biology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • 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


22% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 216
    • Accepted 48
    • Acceptance Rate 22
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st 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 General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

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