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BBS PhD Program

Research Areas

Cells under a microscope

Biochemistry and Cell Biology

This research ranges from molecular interactions, protein folding, and membrane biophysics to the development of organ systems and whole animals.


Cancer cells

Cancer Biology

Research involves all aspects of cancer biology and numerous scientific approaches, including nanotechnology, stem cell research, and genomics.

People examining a cow


Epidemiology is the study of health and disease in a population and the underlying factors that lead to these conditions, with a goal of preventing the spread and/or future incidents of illness.


A virus under a microscope

Infection and Immunity

A detailed understanding of how infectious agents invade and propagate within host organisms and how in turn hosts defend themselves against such infection is crucial for the development of new vaccines and treatments for infectious diseases.


Medical Genetics and Genomics

Researchers hope to use genetic discoveries for early intervention, stem cell treatment, selective breeding, and application to human disease.

Nervous system of a butterfly


Scientists use molecular, cellular, and organismal approaches to study these and other questions in order to understand how the nervous system is able to accomplish its many functions.

Microscopic view of sperm

Reproductive Biology

Research of reproductive biology encompasses a host of different species (from mice and human beings to cattle and horses), examining both male and female reproductive function and fertility at the systems, endocrine, gonadal, genetic, and molecular levels.

Stem cells

Stem Cell Biology

Stem cell research has a promise of developing new treatments for injuries and diseases, including neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases and cancer. 

An exotic bird

Wildlife Conservation

The survival of threatened and endangered species requires innovative and integrative ideas and approaches to wildlife conservation.