What is Metabolic Biology?
Dr. Napoli, Department Chair, on the MB Program:
Unique in its focus, MB is one of the few, or perhaps, the only formal graduate program devoted to the study of metabolism and its regulation in higher vertebrates. It provides interdisciplinary training in the theory and techniques of molecular and biochemical metabolic studies of nutrients and phytochemicals in humans, and mammals that serve as models for humans.
The MB research environment emphasizes metabolic regulation and the influence of dietary components on metabolism and disease risk. Focusing on nutrients, phytochemicals, and dietary toxicants, our faculty and students expertly apply the techniques of biochemistry, molecular biology, analytical biochemistry, cell biology, genomics, and proteomics to metabolic problems.
A major strength of the MB program is the close interaction between students and faculty from various graduate programs. Many members of the MB faculty are members of other interdisciplinary graduate groups, including Comparative Biochemistry, Endocrinology, and Microbiology. Several students from these and other interdisciplinary graduate groups are pursuing their research in the labs of MB faculty. Such multidisciplinary environment of the program encourages MB students to pursue their unique research interests and work with faculty from a variety of fields.
As basic biosciences turn progressively more towards molecular and genetic studies, there is growing need to train scientists who wed the techniques of genetics and molecular biology with the interrelated biochemistry of nutrients, phytochemicals, diet-borne toxicants, and metabolism. This fusion will produce scientists capable of generating sophisticated insight into mechanisms of disease and disease risk related to diet and metabolism. Our graduates find employment with universities or research institutes, with national and international biology programs, with state extension services, or as private consultants.
Fully-Funded PhD Program
The Metabolic Biology research and curriculum emphasizes metabolic regulation and the influence of dietary components on metabolism and disease risk. Encompassing nutrients, phytochemicals, and dietary toxicants, our faculty and students expertly apply the techniques of biochemistry, molecular biology, analytical biochemistry, cell biology, genomics, and proteomics to studying metabolic problems. Our goal is to prepare students for careers in research, education, industry and government, and/or for advanced studies in the health and biosciences.
Successful candidates have a strong science background (e.g. Chemistry, Biology, Physiology, Nutrition) and lab research experience. Learn more about admissions.
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Fall 2014 Applications Due: November 30, 2013
Application opens: September 2013