M.S. and PhD
The PhD in Molecular Biosciences encompasses the areas of biotechnology, cell biology, computational biology, immunology, food safety, neurobiology, regulation of gene expression, signal transduction and cellular metabolism, and structural biology.
The program emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches, state-of-the-art technologies and innovation that allow students the opportunities to engage in research in genomic, proteomic, cellular, and organ-based systems for the purpose of translating this knowledge into applications benefitting society in fields ranging from agriculture to medicine, from forensics to environmental sciences, from food sciences to renewable energy.
To be admitted to the program you must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in a basic or applied science, although preference may be given to Master of Science level applicants. In addition, the following requirements should be met.
- Graduate School Application and Fee
- Official transcripts from each college or university as attended
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on any previous graduate courses completed at either Arkansas State University or another accredited university
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
- A completed online application for admission to the ASU Graduate School (or to the Office
of International Programs for international students)
- One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work attempted, to be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- A personal statement (maximum of two pages) describing the student’s academic and research goals
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the Verbal, Analytical and Quantitative tests. Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative scores must be 1000 (old scoring system), tests using the new scoring system, minimum of 150 on both the verbal & quantitative required.
The MBS program committee will review the application materials and make recommendations for admission.
Graduate study in Molecular Biosciences is facilitated by well-equipped individual faculty research laboratories, field stations, and teaching laboratories.
In addition, the state-of-the-art research facilities including a green house, growth chambers, cell culture facility, advanced imaging suites and a well maintained animal facility present at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute in the A-State campus are readily available to the graduate students. Since faculty participate in the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program engage in advanced research as well as entrepreneurial initiatives including spin-off companies, joint ventures, and other business relationships to facilitate technology transfer, graduate students mentored by them are exposed to entrepreneurship.
Graduate students have the opportunity to apply for competitive graduate assistantships. These assistantships provide students the opportunity to acquire essential experience in research, teaching and career development while pursuing their degrees. Assistantships are awarded by the MBS program. To qualify for the assistantships, students must be enrolled in minimum required hours (6 hours in Fall and Spring semesters, and 3 hours in Summer terms for M.S. and 9 hours in Fall and Spring semesters, and 6 hours in Summer terms for Ph.D.)
Tuition waivers are available for eligible Ph.D. students. With a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, residents of any U.S. state or territory qualify for in-state rate of tuition. International Students pay a reduced tuition rate that is twice the in-state amount plus a fixed international student fee.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form that can be completed annually by prospective and current college students (undergraduate and graduate) to determine eligibility for financial aid. The priority deadline for completing the FAFSA is February 15. The form can be completed and submitted online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For additional sources of financial aid, contact the office of Financial Aid & Scholarships by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 870-972-2310, or at http://www.astate.edu/finaid/pp
Applications are accepted till February 15th for fall admissions and till July15th for spring admissions.
Dr. Malathi Srivatsan PhD - Neuroscience, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Director of Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program, Assistant Director of Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Professor of Molecular Neurobiology
Research Interest: Neuroscience (neuroprotection, Stem cell Differentiation, Trophic mechanisms and Bioengineering approaches)
Dr. Jennifer Bouldin PhD - Environmental Sciences, Arkansas State University, State University, AR
Director of the Ecotoxicology Research Facility, Associate Professor of Environmental Biology
Research Interests: Aquatic ecotoxicology, Modification of agricultural runoff, Sediments, sediment remediation, Nanotoxicity
Dr. Carole Cramer PhD - Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), University of California, Irvine, CA
Professor of Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Plant-based production of proteins and vaccines, subcellular trafficking, immune-presentation of proteins
Dr. Maureen Dolan PhD - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Florida
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Plant-based production of recombinant proteins , high throughput diagnostics for the food and plant industries.
Dr. Elizabeth Hood Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis (Plant Biology)
Lipscomb Distinguished Professor of Agriculture
Research Interests: Renewable resources (biomass to ethanol), Foreign gene expression in plants, Plant cell wall structure & function
Dr. Xiuzhen Huang Ph. D., Computer Science, Texas A&M University at College Station
Associate professor of computer science
Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Graph theory and algorithms, Computational complexity and approximation
Dr. Argelia Lorence Ph.D. Biotechnology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Cuernavaca, Mexico
Associate Professor in Metabolic Engineering
Research Interests: Plant metabolic engineering, Vitamin C metabolism, Plant stress tolerance, Phytoremediation
Dr. Travis Marsico PhD Biology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Assistant Professor of Biology, Curator of STAR Herbarium
Research Interests: Coevolution of Plant-Insect Interactions using prickly pear cacti and cactus-feeding moths, Flora of Arkansas
Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar PhD Plant Physiology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Associate Professor of Metabolic Engineering
Research Interests: Discovery and Production of Valuable Plant-Derived Chemicals & pharmaceuticals using "hairy roots"
Dr. Amy R. Pearce Ph.D., Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Associate Professor of Psychology
Research Interests: Environmental influences on drug addiction, Effects of nicotine on behavior, Evolution of mating preferences
Dr. Gregory Phillips Ph.D., University of Kentucky (Crop Science)
Professor of Plant Biotechnology
Research Interests: Plant biotechnology, genetic improvement, Plant metabolic engineering, Bioenergy
Dr. Brett Savary Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Plant Physiology
Research Professor of Protein Chemistry
Research Interests: polysaccharide-modifying enzymes, Functional protein and polysaccharide analyses, Cell wall biochemistry
Dr. Jianfeng (jay) Xu Ph.D. Dalian University of Technology in Dalian, China (Biochemical Engineering)
Associate Professor of Biochemical Engineering
Research Interests: Biofuels & Bioprocess Engineering, Plant Culture for Recombinant Proteins, Cell-Free Protein Expression
Dr. Shiguang Yu PhD Developmental Biology, Shandong University, China
Assistant Professor of Immunology
Regulation of autoimmune T cell activation, Role of B cells in autoimmune diseases (autoimmune thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis)
Dr. Guolei Zhou Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , Tottori University, Tottori, Japan
Assistant Professor of Biology
Research Interests: Cell biology and role of cell signaling in cancer (Breast cancer and Pancreatic cancer)