Molecular and Cellular Biology Program

The Department of Chemical Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Tulane established in 1993 a combined degree program in which graduate students earn an M.S. degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. The combined degree program provides graduate students with a strong theoretical and research background in both engineering and the biological sciences. This unique education is designed to prepare future bioengineers and biotechnologists to work in a discipline that is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. It is at the interface between engineering and biological sciences where many of the breakthroughs in these two fields occur.

The graduate MCB program involves a total of 80 faculty from Tulane University's School of Medicine, School of Engineering, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Health and Environmental Research Center, and the Tulane Regional Primate Research Center. Faculty and students pursue research in a wide variety of topics, including cell-membrane phenomena, DNA replication and recombination, molecular and developmental neurobiology, protein design and engineering, gene therapy, and environmental pathobiology.

During the first two years, students are required to take specific core courses in engineering, molecular biology and cell biology and attend a seminar series in which faculty and students present their particular research. In addition, students are introduced to research during the first year of graduate training by a program of rotations through faculty laboratories. At the end of the first year, it is expected that each student will select a research supervisor and will have initiated their dissertation research.

Chemical Engineering Education Article

To apply to the Combined Degree Program, please send a request for application materials to Professor Kim O'Connor.

Prof. Kim O'Connor
Chemical Engineering Department
Tulane University
Lindy Boggs Center Room 300
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 865-5740

300 Lindy Boggs Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118, T: 504-314-2914, F: 504-865-6744