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Program Timeline

This is a typical plan; individual studnet degree plans may will vary based on the different CMB degree tracks. Please see track specific requirement information below.



Choosing a research advisor and a dissertation research project are some of the most significant decisions you will make in graduate school. First-year lab rotations provide students the opportunity to explore different research interests and lab management styles prior to the selection of a Ph.D. supervisor. You may do first-year research rotations with any faculty member on the Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Microbiology Graduate Studies Committees.

To help make an informed decision about your lab rotations:

  • Attend seminars by faculty members
  • Meet individually with faculty members
  • Consult with other graduate students
  • Complete three research rotations during the first year

Rotation Schedule for 2020-2021 fiscal year

  • September 1 - October 16, 2020 (Virtual)
  • October 19 - December 18, 2020 (In-person)
  • January 4 - March 12, 2021 (In-person)
  • March 21 - May 21, 2021 (In-person)

Note: The above rotation schedulehas been revised to include an additional virtual rotation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020/21 rotation schedule and may be subject to additional change based on public health conditions and guidance from the University.

Students join the laboratory of a Ph.D. mentor after completing all required rotations. Beginning June 1 after the first-year, financial support is then coordinated with the permanment lab.

Program Handbook

The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program Student Handbook is available here.

The handbook is the primary source for detailed information about program requirements, policies, and procedures. Students should read the handbook annually in order to familiarize themselves with important information related to their enrollment in the doctoral program.

Resources that Support a Safe and Inclusive Campus

The CMB Graduate Program, the University of Texas, and the College of Natural Sciences want all graduate students to benefit from supportive, inclusive, and safe classroom and research experiences. The following resources are available to support this goal:

Read more about the College of Natural Sciences' commitment to equity and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts within the College of Natural Sciences.