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Program Overview

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) brings renowned faculty from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Environmental and Plant Biology to train students in the wide-ranging field of molecular and cellular biology. Degrees offered include Ph.D. or M.S. emphasis


Students must be simultaneously admitted into both the MCB Program and their department of emphasis (home department). Each degree-granting department (i.e., Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, or Environmental and Plant Biology) may serve as a home department. Applicants must have a B.A., B.S., or M.S. in a biological or physical science. Each of the home departments participates in programs of study leading to the Ph.D. degree, with its own requirements for admission and graduation. MCB admission and graduation requirements reflect both the requirements of the home department and the requirements of the MCB Program.

Home Departments

Biological Sciences  /  Chemistry & BiochemistryEnvironmental & Plant Biology


The Memos of Understanding (to the left) delineates the role of both the home departments and the MCB Program in admitting Ph.D. students, offering stipends and other support, setting requirements for graduation and monitoring progress. All general requirements and specific MCB and home department requirements must be followed. The intent of the Memos of Understanding is to provide clarity and simplicity in these aspects of MCB student affairs. The home departments and MCB reserve the right to make changes in their policies, procedures, and requirements from time to time; therefore, this document will be revised as required by such changes. The policies and requirements in force at the time that the student is admitted into the program will govern the student's program of study.

 

Important curricular documents for all MCB students

To the left are links to memos of understanding and tables that list course offerings for MCB students and required forms and deadlines for graduation.

 

Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

MCB graduate students are eligible to earn a graduate certificate in Bioinformatics during their study at Ohio University. A core curriculum has been developed with course offerings in the MCB, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Plant Biology, and Computer Science. Click here for a detailed description of the certificate program and entrance requirements.


MCB Curriculum: course descriptions & syllabus



MCB 6700 - Current Topics in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

The purpose of this course is to train graduate students in neuroscience to critically examine current publications in their desired area of expertise. It is also designed to familiarize them with a wide variety of experimental problems and the approaches to solving them. It will encourage them to present and discuss the findings with the instructor and with their peers, and to thus learn from each other in a small group interactive setting. Students will be expected to investigate unfamiliar subjects more fully on their own and to draw on their educational background to understand and explain to the rest of the class. It is anticipated that most students will read two to three times the material that is formally assigned, in order to participate adequately in the discussion. 

 

Instructor: Dr. Felicia Nowak

 

Course Syllabus

Requisites
(BIOS 5140 or MCB 7200) and CHEM 5901
Credit Hours: 3.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I




MCB 7100 - Advanced Cell Signaling Transduction

Introduction to the advanced concepts in the area of agonist-receptor mediated biochemical signalling mechanisms. The topics include principles, experimental techniques and quantitative analysis of agonist-receptor interaction, ion channels, adrenergic and cholinergic receptors, classical and low molecular weight G proteins, second messengers, oncogenes, growth factors, steroid receptors, and signal transduction in bacteria and yeast. 

 

Instructor:  Dr. Fabian Benencia,  Dr. Robert Colvin

 

Course Syllabus

Requisites
CHEM 5901 and 5902
Credit Hours: 4.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be repeated.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

MCB 7200 - Concepts and techniques used in molecular biology

Introduction to the basic concepts and techniques used in molecular biology. Topics include nucleic acid and chromatin structure, replication, recombination, the processes of transcription and translation and their regulation, plasmids, viruses, transposable elements, and techniques used in molecular biology.


Instructor: Dr. Allan Showalter


Course syllabus

Requisites
CHEM 5901
Credit Hours: 3.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be repeated.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

MCB 7300 - Molecular and Cellular Laboratory

Exposes the MCB student to a wide variety of laboratory techniques used in the broad field of molecular and cellular biology by allowing the student to carry out these techniques in the laboratory.


Instructor: Dr. Allan Showalter


Course Syllabus

Requisites
MCB 7200
Credit Hours: 3.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be repeated.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 6.0 laboratory

Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

MCB 7410 - Seminar in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Involves student presentation and discussion of seminars on topics of current interest in the area of molecular and cellular biology. 

 

Instructor: Dr. Fabian Benencia & Dr. Robert Colvin

 

Course Syllabus

Requisites
Credit Hours: 1.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 10.0 hours.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

Eligible grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

MCB 7500 - Disorders of the Nervous System

Provides an integrated approach to the study of the nervous system diseases, encompassing all aspects of the problem, from the underlying molecular causes to the mechanisms of action of therapeutic agents. This is a unique offering open to graduate students in the sciences to review the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropathology and neuropharmacology underlying important neurological disorders as well as the molecular and genetic mechanisms that give rise to these diseases. This team-taught multidisciplinary course utilizes the talents of faculty members form the departments of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Neurology/Family Medicine.

Instructor: Dr. Yang Li,  Dr. Robert Colvin, Dr. Gary Cordingly


Course Syllabus



Requisites
BIOS 5140
Credit Hours: 4.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be repeated.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

MCB 7510 - Topics In Molecular and Cellular Biology

Designed for the presentation of significant current topics in molecular and cellular biology in response to specific student demand.

Requisites
Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 3.0 hours.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 0.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,CR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

Requisites
Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 3.0 hours.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 0.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,CR,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I 

MCB 7600 - Advanced Cell Biology

A discussion of current research directions in cell biology. Topics include, but are not limited to, protein transport and targeting, cell cycle, membrane transport and excitability, and cellular differentiation. Emphasis on current research directions of these topics.

Requisites
CHEM 5901 and MCB 7200
Credit Hours: 3.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

Instructor:  Dr. Frank Horodyski

Course Syllabus

CHEM 5900/5901 - General BioChemistry

This course covers key topics in metabolism. The metabolic pathways used for energy production and for the synthesis and degradation of the building blocks of living organisms are studied. Special emphasis is directed toward the mechanism of energy production in eukaryotic cells. Integration and regulation of carbohydrate, lipid, amino acid and nucleic acid metabolism are emphasized.  The metabolic basis of selected inherited diseases is examined. Students should have some background in biochemistry.


Instructor:  Dr. Marcia Kieliszewski


Course Syllabus

PBIO 5180 - Writing in the Life Sciences

Current research topics provide students opportunities to practice and master skills needed for successful written communication in the science/research profession.

 

Instructor:  Dr. Sarah Wyatt

 

Course Syllabus

Requisites
Credit Hours: 3.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be repeated.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

PBIO 5310 - Cell Biology

Biochemical, cytochemical, and ultrastructural aspects of the nucleus and cytoplasmic organelles, and cellular communication.

 

Instructor: Dr. Ahmed Faik

 

Course Syllabus

Requisites
Credit Hours: 3.0
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be repeated.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Eligible grades: A-F,WP,WF,FN,FS,AU,I

 

PhD Memorandum of Understanding
     PH.D. Requirements
  Memo of Understanding

 

PhD Tables and Forms

           PH.D. Tables
     Curriculum & Forms

 

MS Requirements

      M.S. Requirements
   Memo of Understanding

 

MS Tables

            M.S. Tables
      Curriculum & Forms