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The Quantitative and Chemical Biology program is a Ph.D. track, multidisciplinary program introducing elements of biology to students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree at the interface of the chemical, physical, and biological sciences. The curriculum prepares students for research careers in any area of biomedical research. Many students choose to work in interdisciplinary fields such as chemical biology, structural biology, imaging sciences, molecular and cellular biophysics, or systems biology. Participating programs and departments include BiochemistryBiological SciencesCancer BiologyCell & Developmental BiologyChemical & Physical BiologyChemistryHuman GeneticsMathematicsMicrobe-Host Interactions, Molecular Pathology & ImmunologyMolecular Physiology & BiophysicsNeurosciencePharmacology, Physics & Astronomy, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

  • Previous didactic training in the biological sciences is not required for entry into the QCB program.
  • The QCB program has eliminated the GRE as a required component of the application.

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Our applications for Fall 2023 are currently closed. Many applications will not result in an offer; some reasons why are discussed here by Stephanie Richards, Assistant Director for Recruitment.

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