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Ph.D Opportunities

Most of the Ph.D. students who have been in the lab have earned Ph.D.'s in the Biochemistry Ph.D. Program. However, Alan is also a trainer in the Cell & Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics Ph.D. Training Program, Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.), and the Nutritional Sciences programs.

Since our lab covers a very wide range of approaches to biology (from biochemistry to genetics to physiology and biostatistics), students gain a wide exposure and have the opportunity to learn many techniques and ways of thinking about science.

Graduate students in the lab have opportunities to develop teaching skills. Alan is interested in new approaches to classroom teaching and enjoys working with graduate students on experimental courses.

A typical student applies to one of the Ph.D. programs, enters in the fall and then goes through 3-4 laboratory rotations. At the end of the fall semester, the student and professor decide if the match is right. M.D./Ph.D. students do rotations during the summer after the first year of medical school and then begin dissertation research after the second year of medical school.