Development, Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine


Why study Development, Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine?

The Program is centered in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; a world class center of research into the basic science underlying childhood disease. It is ranked in the top five children’s hospitals in the USA, and second in NIH funding. Aspects of developmental, molecular, and cellular biology are studied, using all animal model systems. The faculty consists of equal numbers of basic scientists and clinicians, most of whom are national or international leaders in their fields. The Program is unique in having many collaborative projects between basic scientists and clinicians aimed at understanding both fundamental developmental mechanisms, and the applications of these to childhood disease. There is a very high level of faculty/student interaction and mentorship.

Students typically take 5 years, and publish their work in premier journals. After a series of lab rotations, they select a thesis project and mentor. A qualifier examination is taken at the beginning of the second year. The Program offers outstanding courses in developmental biology, at all levels, from introductory to advanced, for students entering from different backgrounds, and is unique in having a course, taught collaboratively by basic scientists and clinicians, on the developmental basis of childhood diseases.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • A grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better (on a 4.0 scale); unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admissions, but official copies must be provided upon matriculation
  • A strong background in biology and/or biochemistry
  • Previous research experience is preferred
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score (Institution code:1833; Department Code: 0208); the Biology Subject test in encouraged, but not required
  • A personal background statement
  • Three letters of recommendation to be submitted electronically
Transfer students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • TOEFL score if English is not the student’s primary language (institution code:1833; Department code: 99)

Application Deadlines

Our application deadline is February 1, however we admit on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible.

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Molecular & Developmental Biology program, please visit our On-Line Graduate School Application and complete the form.

Make sure to visit the Molecular & Developmental Biology website or contact the program directly at or 513-636-4545 for information about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Amanda Middleton
3333 Burnet Ave. MLC 7007
Cincinnati, OH 45239
(513) 636-4545

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Program Code: 26DOC-MDB-PHD