This dynamic program is designed to meet students interests and provide a broad range of research training experiences and graduate courses leading to professional carriers in:
In addition to the Graduate School application, the following are required:
Prerequisites: A bachelor degree in one of the sciences. Each applicant also must have completed the following undergraduate course work: two semesters of biology with labs; four semesters of chemistry including organic chemistry and laboratories; mathematics with calculus; and physics. Genetics and/or molecular biology is recommended.
Number of faculty: 26 (full time)
Number of students: 19
Tuition remission and stipends are available on a competitive basis for Ph.D. students. Most doctoral students receive tuition remission and stipends. The standard School of Medicine Graduate stipend is $25,000/year. Health insurance is provided as part of the financial support package.
The cost of living in Greenville compares very favorably to other university cities.
An application, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and GRE scores should be submitted through the university Graduate school website. For full consideration for financial aid, earlier application is strongly encouraged. Application packages are available from the Graduate School.
Since physiology is the gateway to biomedical research, a course foundation in fundamental principles of physiology is required to assure that each student can appreciate the whole organism ramifications of their research and be able to interact with the world of medicine as a knowledgeable colleague.
Typically, students' coursework will form a broad focus area which may be traditional or may be specifically tailored by the student and dissertation adviser. Common focus areas in the Department include cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology, smooth muscle, neuroscience and neurobiology, cell biology, bioenergetics and circadian rhythms. In any focus area, a concentration on translation to medicine, involving interaction between the thesis laboratory and clinician/researchers, is encouraged.
Recent graduates of this program are postdoctoral fellows in some of our country's most prestigious universities (Harvard, Duke, Columbia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), hold faculty positions, or are in research positions in pharmaceutical companies. The full list can be consulted at the program's pages in the Departmental website. For additional information regarding the Physiology Ph.D. Program, contact Graduate Studies Committee.