The UK College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry does not directly admit students to the PhD program. We are part of the consortium of basic science departments in the College that runs the the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program for PhD students.

All entering graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in these programs are admitted through the integrated biomedical sciences (IBS) program, an undifferentiated first-year curriculum designed to provide: 

  • Exposure to cellular and molecular concepts in the biomedical sciences
  • Development of interdisciplinary approaches essential to innovative research
  • Flexibility in choosing a PhD mentor among 186 faculty members in the seven basic science departments:
    • Neuroscience
    • Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences
    • Graduate Center for Toxicology
    • Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
    • Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology
    • Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
    • Physiology

IBS Curriculum

Each IBS course presents concepts central to understanding advances in the biomedical sciences. During the IBS year, students also complete four laboratory rotations and participate in research seminars. At the conclusion of IBS, students select doctoral programs based on research interests and mentoring relationships in one of the seven basic science departments.

The IBS Curriculum is designed for students beginning graduate studies in the fall semester. However, the flexibility exists to accommodate students beginning in the spring. Students with an MS degree or prior graduate studies will be offered the opportunity to tailor an individual academic program reflecting coursework completed and prior research experience.

For additional information about IBS and application to apply, please visit the IBS website.