Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program


Welcome to the Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Program


The Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) program prepares students for careers in research and training in an array of settings including academia, government, military, or the biotech sector. A structured curriculum includes core and elective coursework, specialized training in scientific writing and oral presentations, and cutting-edge dissertation research projects, which allow students to matriculate in an efficient and productive manner. Weekly seminars and lunches with invited speakers extend the scope of the training experience. The CMB Spring Symposium highlights student research progress each year. Specialized tracks are offered in Microbiology & Immunology and in Stem Cell Biology. Our program is supported by two vibrant research institutes, including the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) and the San Antonio Cellular Therapeutics Institute (SACTI) and two weekly seminar series (CMB and STCEID) hosting world-renowned scientists with expertise in cell and molecular biology and/or microbiology and immunology.

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UTSA and San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of the 14 academic and health science institutions in the UT System. Founded in 1969, UTSA serves thousands of students in over 160 degree programs.

San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the U.S. and is located at the foot of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. The weather permits residents to enjoy many outdoor activities year-round. San Antonio is an affordable city with many renowned attractions, such as the historic Alamo, the Riverwalk, and the Pearl district, with a diverse range of cultural experiences through the arts, sports, and nature.

Applying to the Program

CMB Ph.D. students receive financial support for the duration of their Ph.D., including tuition, fees, and a $26,000 stipend. The final deadline for submission of applications for admission in the fall is December 1; however, applications received prior to the November 1 priority deadline are strongly encouraged and will be considered for special additional funding opportunities.

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Graduate Advisor of Record

John McCarrey

Dr. John McCarrey
(210) 458-4507