Laboratory Education and Journal Clubs

Intensive specialized laboratory education constitutes the foundation of the Ph.D. degree program. The goal is to develop a professionally trained scientist, prepared for a career in academic, medical or industrial research.

After successfully completing the core curriculum, research proposal and thesis proposal, graduate students will concentrate the majority of their time on their individual dissertation laboratory research project under the guidance and tutelage of their faculty advisor/research director, and continue to participate in journal clubs, as well as attend Leading Edge Lecture (LEL) seminar series.

Laboratory Education Requirements

BIOSCI 560, 561, & 562 - Research Laboratory Rotations
Description: Each first-year graduate student is required to have a minimum of three laboratory rotations. Laboratory rotations are graded Pass/Fail. The purposes of the  laboratory rotations are to (1) help students find the research area and lab in which they want to conduct their thesis research, (2) learn experimental techniques, and (3) expose graduate students to a broad range of intellectual and technical approaches to address current research challenges. Each laboratory rotation lasts for approximately 8 weeks. Graduate students are expected to spend a minimum of 20 to 25 hours per week in the laboratory, and each graduate student must submit a written report at the end of each rotation.

BIOSCI 740 – Dissertation Research
Description: Upon completion of the core courses and the Qualifying Exam I (research proposal), graduate students are expected to conduct full-time, individual dissertation research under their chosen faculty mentor.

BIOSCI 700 to 710 – Journal Clubs
Second-year graduate students and beyond are required to participate in a journal club, in which journal club members take turns to present and discuss a current research article to the group. Graduate students must attend all journal club seminars and make at least one presentation. General format involves one hour for a seminar and one hour for discussion. Depending on each student's attendance presentation, and participation, journal club grades are Pass, Incomplete or Fail.

Available Journal Clubs (All 1 Unit)

Comparative Medicine Journal Club
Coordinator: Richard Ermel, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Current Science Journal Club
Coordinator: Michael Barish, Ph.D.

DNA Repair and Recombination Journal Club
Coordinator: Jeremy Stark, Ph.D., and/or Adam Bailis, Ph.D.

Epigenetics and Chromatin Structure Journal Club
Coordinators: Dustin Schones, Ph.D., Zhen Chen, Ph.D.
Immunology Journal Club
Coordinator: Zuoming Sun, Ph.D.

Protein Post-Translation Modification Journal Club
Coordinator: Yuan Chen, Ph.D.

RNA + Epigenetics and Chromatin Structure Journal Club
Coordinators:  Mark Boldin, Ph.D., and Dustin Schones, Ph.D.

RNA Journal Club
Coordinator: Mark Boldin, Ph.D.

Signaling and Regulation with Translational Focus Journal Club
Coordinator: David Ann, Ph.D.

Stem Cell Biology Journal Club
Coordinator: Teresa Ku, Ph.D.

Structural and Chemical Biology Journal Club
Coordinator: John Charles Williams, Ph.D.

Tumor Immunology Journal Club
Coordinator: Stephen Forman, M.D.