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University of Connecticut Health Center

Program in Skeletal Biology and Regeneration

Farmington, CT


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The PhD Program at UConn Health Offers a Concentration in Skeletal Biology and Regeneration

Skeletal Biology and Regeneration is an area of concentration in UConn Health's PhD in Biomedical Science Program. The program is focused on the study of the basic biological properties of skeletal, craniofacial, and oral tissues and regeneration of connective tissues. Research in Skeletal Biology and Regeneration is problem oriented and multidisciplinary, incorporating contemporary research techniques of cellular and molecular biology, and biochemistry. The program prepares trainees for academic or industrial careers in the basic biomedical sciences or for academic careers in medicine or dental medicine.

Faculty in the program represent a number of schools, departments, institutes, and centers. This interdisciplinary group of scientists is engaged in advancing understanding of the biology of bone, cartilage, teeth, oral tissues and skin and exploring development, maintenance, disease, and the potential for regeneration of these tissues. A PhD in program can be combined with DMD or MD training leading to DMD/PhD and MD/PhD degrees. A PhD in the program can also be combined with Dental Clinical Specialty Training.

Particular areas of research strength can be divided into each of these three broad areas: Oral and Craniofacial Biology (Immunology, Infection and Disease, Cancer, Development, Stem Cells), Skeletal Biology (Development, Homeostasis, Aging, Cancer, Disease, Stem Cells) and Regenerative Engineering of Skeletal Tissues (Biomaterials, Stem Cells, Tissue engineering).

The Program in Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Offers a Stimulating, Cutting-Edge Research Environment

UConn Health offers an excellent education in a stimulating, cutting edge research environment. The University complex provides excellent physical facilities for research in both basic and clinical sciences. The UConn Health Library is well equipped with extensive journal and book holdings and rapid electronic access to database searching, the World Wide Web, and library holdings. The library also contains the Computer Education Center and the End User Support Center. The Center for Laboratory Animal Care contains a transgenic mouse production facility fully equipped for gene targeting studies and with special facilities for housing immunodeficient animals. Facilities include the Center for Biomaterials, the General Clinical Research Center, the Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling (confocal microscopy, low light level microscopy, and two photon microscopy), the Center for Bone Histology and Histomorphometry; the Molecular Imaging Laboratory, the Fluorescence Flow Cytometry Facility, the Electron Microscopy Facility, Gene Targeting and Transgenic Facility, the Microarray Core Facility, the Molecular Core Facility, NMR Structural Biology Facility, National Resource for Cell Analysis and Modeling, and the Center for Molecular Medicine (laser capture microdissection).

Financial Aid at UConn Health

Support for doctoral students engaged in full-time degree programs at UConn Health is provided on a competitive basis. Graduate research assistantships for 2018-19 provide a stipend of $30,500 per year, a waiver of tuition/university fees for the fall and spring semesters and a student health insurance plan.

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UConn Health Campus Offers Impressive Facilities and Provides Opportunities for Student Involvement

The 200-acre UConn Health campus at Farmington houses a division of the University of Connecticut Graduate School, as well as the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. The campus also includes the John Dempsey Hospital, associated clinics, and extensive medical research facilities, all in a centralized facility with more than 1 million square feet of floor space. The Academic Research Building, built in 1999, is an impressive eleven-story structure providing 170,000 square feet of laboratory space and renovations are underway in the main Laboratory building, converting existing lab space into state-of-the-art open lab areas. In addition, the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine opened its 189,000-square-foot facility on the UConn Health campus in fall 2014.

There are more than 260 full-time members at UConn Health.
The institution has a strong commitment to graduate study within an environment that promotes social and intellectual interaction among the various educational programs. Graduate students are represented on various administrative committees concerned with curricular affairs, and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) represents graduate students' needs and concerns to the faculty and administration, in addition to fostering social contact among graduate students at UConn Health.

UConn Health Enjoys a Beautiful Setting and Is Convenient to Numerous Opportunities

Set in the beautiful New England countryside on a hill overlooking the Farmington Valley, UConn Health is close to ski areas, hiking trails, and facilities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Connecticut's capital city of Hartford, seven miles east of Farmington, is the center of an urban region of approximately 800,000 people. The beaches of the Long Island Sound are about 50 minutes away to the south, and the beautiful Berkshires are a short drive to the northwest. New York City and Boston can be reached within 2 1/2 hours by car.

Hartford is the home of the acclaimed Hartford Stage Company, TheatreWorks, the Hartford Symphony and Chamber orchestras, two ballet companies, an opera company, the Wadsworth Athenaeum (the oldest public art museum in the nation), the Mark Twain house, the Hartford Civic Center, and many other interesting cultural and recreational facilities. The area is also home to several branches of the University of Connecticut, Trinity College, and the University of Hartford, which includes the Hartt School of Music.

Bradley International Airport (about 30 minutes from campus) serves the Hartford/Springfield area with frequent airline connections to major cities in the U.S. and abroad. Frequent bus and rail service is also available from Hartford.

The Hartford Area Offers a Wide Range of Affordable Housing Options

There is a wide range of affordable housing options in the greater Hartford area within easy commuting distance of the campus, including an extensive complex that is adjacent to UConn Health. Students should note that University housing is not available at the UConn Health.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Dental Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (DMD/PhD)
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Doctoral Degrees 2

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

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st December 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 600

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Health Care Benefits

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 5.88%
Black or African American 5.88%
White or Caucasian 29%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5.88%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 11.76%


Male (41%)
Female (58%)


Focus of faculty research: Skeletal development and patterning, bone biology, connective tissue biology, neurophysiology of taste and smell, microbiological aspects of caries
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT  06030
United States
Contact Ms. Stephanie Rauch
Phone: 860-679-4509