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University of Connecticut Health Center

Graduate Program in Cell Analysis and Modeling

Farmington, CT

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Cell Analysis and Modeling Graduate Program

The Cell Analysis and Modeling (CAM) graduate program based within the Richard D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling (CCAM) at UConn Health offers training leading to a PhD in biomedical sciences. 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. This 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 curriculum for the first year 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 Cell 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. Thesis research begins in the second or third year, and research and thesis writing normally occupy the third and fourth years.

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

Cell Modeling
- Data Driven Analysis and Simulation
- Virtual Microscopy
- Modeling Cell Migration
- Modularity and Multistate Complexes
- Molecular Flux in Cellular Spaces
- Stochastic Modeling and Discrete Particles

Optical Imaging
- Fluorescent Correlation Spectroscopy
- Optical Probe Development
- Non-linear Optical Microscopy
- Single Molecule Imaging

Biophysics
- Biological Signaling Platforms
- Single Molecule and Particle Tracking
- Cytoskeletal Dynamics and Morphogenesis

Cell Biology
- Cellular Tissues and Development
- RNA Trafficking
- Signal Transduction
- Molecular Medicine

UConn Health Offers a Cutting-Edge Research Environment

UConn Health offers an excellent education in a stimulating, cutting-edge research environment. The university provides excellent physical facilities for research in both basic and clinical sciences, a computer center, and the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library. The program provides research facilities and guidance for graduate and postdoctoral work in cell biology - particularly membrane and surface function, membrane protein synthesis and turnover, cytoskeleton structure and function, stimulus-response coupling, gene expression and regulation, vascular biology, fertilization, bone biology, molecular medicine, early development, signal transduction, angiogenesis, computer modeling, and tumor biology. Facilities for training in cell culture, electron microscopy, electrophysiology, fluorescence spectroscopy, molecular biology, molecular modeling, fluorescence imaging, and intravital microscopy are available.

Financial Aid at the UConn Health Center

Support for doctoral students engaged in full-time degree programs at the Health Center 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. More information on the admissions process is available.

UConn Housing Options

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

Research Facilities and Graduate Student Life

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 one 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.

A Campus and Surrounding Areas in the Beautiful New England Countryside

Set in the beautiful New England countryside on a hill overlooking the Farmington Valley, the school 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. 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.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

216
Applied
48
Accepted
22%

Applying

75
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
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

Student Body

1
Total Graduate Students
100%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Gender

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Female (100%)

Location & Contact

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

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