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Molecular Biosciences

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Offered By: College of Science and Mathematics
Graduate School
Application Deadline: Applications accepted till Feb 15th for Fall Admission and till July 15th for Spring Admission

Description

The Graduate Program in Molecular Biosciences at Arkansas State University 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 MBS graduate program trains highly qualified students for productive careers in research and teaching through the completion of the PhD degree.

Our mission is to train the next generation of scientists with strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, state-of-the-art technologies and innovation 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 begin the application process, please submit an online application to ASU Graduate School.


  • Admission Process

    Applicants to the Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences Program must have a minimum of a B.S. in a basic or applied science, although preference may be given to M.S. level applicants. Applicants must submit all of the following to the Graduate School by February 15 for consideration for Fall admission and July 15th for Spring admission:


    1. A completed online application for admission to the ASU Graduate School (or to the Office
        of International Programs for international students).


    2. One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course
        work attempted, to be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended.


    3. Three letters of recommendation.


    4. A personal statement (maximum of two pages) describing the student’s academic
        and research goals.


    5. 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.

  • Checksheets & Degree Plans

    Checksheets

    Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.

  • Molecular Biosciences Fact Sheet

    Molecular Biosciences

    M.S. and PhD

     Description/Overview

    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. 

     

    Admission Requirements

    General

    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.

     

    1. Graduate School Application and Fee
    2. Official transcripts from each college or university as attended
    3. A  minimum 3.00 GPA on any previous graduate courses completed at either Arkansas State University or another accredited university
    4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale

     

    Program Specific

    1.  A completed online application for admission to the ASU Graduate School (or to the Office
       of International Programs for international students)
    2. One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work attempted, to be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended
    3. Three letters of recommendation
    4.  A personal statement (maximum of two pages) describing the student’s academic and research goals
    5. 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.

    Research Facilities

    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.

     

    Financial Assistance
    Graduate Assistantships
    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 Fellowships

    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.  

    FAFSA
    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 finaid@astate.edu, by phone at 870-972-2310, or at http://www.astate.edu/finaid/pp

     

    Deadline
    Applications are accepted till February 15th for fall admissions and till July15th for spring admissions.

     



    Faculty

    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)