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. We are the intellectual and spiritual home for the Program in Molecular Cell Biology, the largest PhD program in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

Graduate programs are organized under the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. The Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences is organized into 13 academic programs, each representing a different scientific area. At the beginning of the 2019 academic year, Division students numbered 698, with 494 enrolled in PhD training and 204 pursuing the combined MD/ PhD degree under the auspices of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Students receive current guidelines for these programs upon matriculation, and periodic updates as changes occur. These guidelines provide students with policies, procedures, and requirements specific to the academic program in which they are enrolled. In addition, the Division offers several Special Emphasis Pathways to enhance our rigorous graduate training. Career Development is available, as well, to assist students with planning for life after grad school.

Huettner Lab

Graduate trainees in the Department of Cell Biology & Physiology receive:

  • Experience in a world-class training environment
  • Access to cutting-edge technologies to solve challenging independent research problems
  • Mentoring and instruction from leading experts in the fields of cell biology, physiology and beyond
  • Have opportunities for career development, outreach, social engagement, and more!

Pathways in Graduate Education

In addition to teaching graduate courses, our faculty participate in the various ‘Pathways in Graduate Education’ offered by DBBS. The pathways provide specialized courses of study that are undertaken as part of the student’s regular course work.

Cell Biology & Physiology Faculty Courses

Advanced courses open to medical and graduate students provide for more detailed study of specific areas of cell biology, physiology and cellular biophysics.

Bio 5068 – Fundamentals of Molecular Cell Biology

Robert Mercer, PhD

Professor of Cell Biology & Physiology

Structure and function of cation transport proteins; molecular biology of the Na, K-ATPase; membrane proteins in cultured epithelial cells

Michael Onken, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

Bio 5224 – Molecular, Cell and Organ Systems

Eric Herzog

Viktor Hamburger Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences, Professor of Biology

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