The Department of Structural and Cellular Biology (SCB) teaches approximately half of the courses for the first year medical students.  In addition, graduate courses and medical student elective courses are offered by the faculty.  The material in the anatomical courses is closely correlated to facilitate student learning.


Medical Student Programs

  • Gross & Developmental Anatomy
    The course in human gross anatomy is offered to medical and graduate students.  Graduate students must have approval of the course director to take the course.  The course is taught from a regional approach with a strong emphasis on functional and radiographic anatomy.  The embryology component of the course addresses human development and is concerned with both normal and abnormal development.  The course is directed by Dr. David Jerrett.
  • Medical Histology
    The course is offered to medical and graduate students.  Graduate students must have the approval of the course director.  The course involves the microscopic study of cells, tissues and organs at both the light and electron microscopic levels. The course is directed by Dr. Rajunor Ettarh.
  • Neuroscience
    This core course introduces medical students to the structure and function of the nervous system. Emphasis is placed on the correlative aspects of the structure of the nervous system as it relates to disease. The course includes laboratories and conferences provided by Structural and Cellular Biology (SCB) Department faculty.  The course is directed by Dr. David Blask
  • Anatomy Certification Program
  • Reproductive Endocrinology Section in Medical Physiology

Degree Programs

The Department of Structural and Cellular Biology offers programs of graduate study leading to the Ph.D. in Structural and Cellular Biology at Tulane University. The purpose of the program is to train outstanding research scientists and teachers with a broad background in structural and cellular biology qualifying them to embark on careers as investigators and teachers.

An individualized curriculum of study is developed to meet each trainee's objectives. Usually the student is able to participate in research early in his or her training, since the program ordinarily introduces investigative work along with formal courses. The trainee has the opportunity to choose his or her field of study from the broad areas of knowledge encompassed by the several basic medical sciences. Interdisciplinary studies can be arranged. The student may realistically expect to obtain the Ph.D. degree in four to five years. The favorable student-faculty ratio allows for a close day-to-day working relationship between student and adviser.

Please contact Dr. Brian Rowan at the number, address or e-mail below for information on courses and research programs offered through the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology.



Although there is no specific deadline for the submission of applications to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, candidates requiring financial assistance should see that all necessary information is furnished no later than February 1 if they wish to be considered for admission in August of the same year. The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences advises students not requiring financial aid to submit their applications by July 1 for the Fall semester, December 1 for the Spring semester, and May 1 for the Summer sessions. Students are advised to consider June as the time of entrance, since certain graduate core courses can be taken during the summer. Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations are required.

The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences is currently accepting application submissions online or via paper-based format. Please click the following link to be directed to their site for more information: Graduate School Applications.



The Department of Structural and Cellular Biology offers and participates in the following degree programs:


Masters in Anatomy Programs


Please see the Masters Degree site for additional information.


M.D., Ph.D.

Application to this program may be made only after acceptance by the School of Medicine.


For more information, please feel free to review our Graduate Student Guidelines, which details additional information about the Department's graduate program.


Correspondence and Information

Dr. Brian G. Rowan
Chair, Department of Structural and Cellular Biology
Tulane University School of Medicine
Box #8649, 1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Telephone: 504-988-5255
Fax: 504-988-1687