Education of medical students and doctoral students in the biomedical sciences has been an important mission of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology from its inception after the Flexner Report to the present. We are the intellectual and spiritual home for the Program in Molecular Cell Biology, the largest Ph.D. program in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. For M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students, our course in cell and organ systems integrates and extends the basic principles of cell biology and physiology to the functions of the major organ systems of the body. One of our faculty also teaches a course in cellular neurobiology.
Postdoctoral training opportunities preparing individuals for careers in academic research and industry also abound under the Cell Biology and Physiology umbrella. Mentoring is an important part of the mission of the department. Those interested in postdoctoral research should contact individual faculty for more information. Also, WUSM offers a supportive environment for postdoctoral researchers through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
Undergraduate training opportunities. Faculty research creates opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in experimental biology and medicine. Undergraduates often find Cell Biology and Physiology an excellent point of entry to biomedical research. Undergraduates interested in a research experience should contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at ur.wustl.edu/.