Upcoming seminars:

April 29, 2011

"Evolutionary conserved transcriptional response toward BMP signaling in developing mouse and xenopus embryos"

Ken Cho, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Developmental and Cell Biology
University of California Irvine

102 Jones Hall

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One Year Masters Program in Cell and Molecular Biology



About Our Program

Our One-Year Masters program in Cell and Molecular Biology targets graduates who plan to attend postgraduate professional schools (primarily Medical School, Dental School, Veterinary School, and Optometry School, but also Business School, Law School, and students who plan to apply to Ph.D. programs). The program will also benefit students who want to enhance their educational experience in preparation for a career path in the Biotechnology Industry. This Master of Science degree is a 1-year non-thesis degree in which students take 30 credit hours during 2 semesters. The curriculum provides students with a specialized academic and experiential background essential for professional school admission.

Our distinctive program emphasizes student development in four areas (coursework, experiential learning, presentation skills, and personal growth) and allows students to build an academic foundation that is conducive to gaining entrance into professional schools. Our coursework emphasizes a solid foundation in cell and molecular biology while introducing students to more clinically relevant topics such as human anatomy, histology, embryology, biochemistry, physiology, and disease. The program provides opportunities for experiential learning in programs we have established with local hospitals.  For those students not interested in medicine as their career goal, we have individualized experiential learning programs to meet each student’s area of interest. Students develop presentation skills by way of developing seminars on topics selected by each student and also by observing and critiquing invited seminar speakers.  Our directors work with each student's unique strengths and weaknesses in order to assist them in meeting their career goals. 

A Key components of our program’s success is our Director, Dr. Fiona Inglis, Ph. D.  Dr. Inglis., a respected teacher and researcher, trained at Yale University before joining the CMB faculty in 2002.  Dr. Inglis’ research interests are in the field of developmental neuroscience, and in disease processes leading to abnormal brain connectivity.  Her laboratory has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and she has been instrumental in training pre- and postdoctoral scientists in the CMB and Neuroscience programs.  Within the Master’s program, she oversees students who have chosen a research track and ensures that each student gains the most from their experience as a laboratory investigator in preparation for a future career in the biomedical sciences. Dr Inglis also teaches Developmental Neuroscience, and an advanced journal club in Cell Biology.

Tuition for the One-Year Masters program in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology is offered at the discounted rate of $11,375 per semester for the 2010-2011 academic year (regular Tulane tuition is $20,972 per semester for the 2009-2010 academic year). Additional required fees charged each semester are not discounted, and for the 2010-2011 academic year include the academic support services fee ($400), student health service fee ($245), Reily recreation center fee ($120) and student activity fee ($120).

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Correspondence and Information

Marnie Mercado
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
One-Year Masters Program
6400 Freret Street, Room 2000
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70118
(504) 865-5618
FAX (504) 865-6785


Cell and Molecular Biology, 2000 Percival Stern Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5546