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Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

Ph.D. in the Biology of Aging

Integrated BioMedical Sciences Program (IBMS)

Biology of Aging Discipline

Discipline Leader: Rochelle Buffenstein, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology
Discipline Co-Leader: Peter Hornsby, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology
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Program Overview

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers a Discipline in the Biology of Aging that provides graduate students with a unique curriculum designed to educate them in the basic biology of aging, thereby preparing them to thrive at a unique interface of bioscience and medicine. The program will encompass lectures and laboratory experience in molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms of aging.

 Also covered will be theories of aging, genetic versus environmental impacts on aging rate, experimental paradigms of aging research, the biology of model organisms, demographic analysis of aging, comparative and evolutionary biology of aging, pathobiology of selected organ systems, and recent advances in genetic and environmental treatments that extend life and prevent disease.

Stipend

Students receive a stipend of $26,000.  Tuition, fees and basic student health insurance are covered by the program.

Biology of Aging Discipline Curriculumn

Year 1

Fall Semester

INTD 5000 Fundamentals of Biomedical Science.....................8.0 SCH

INTD 5082 Responsible Conduct of Research..........................1.5 SCH

INTD 5008 Laboratory Rotations.............................................3.0 SCH

          TOTAL 12.5 SCH

Spring Semester

CSBL 6048 Biology of Aging...................................................4.0 SCH

CSBL 5095 Experimental Design and Data Analysis.................3.0 SCH

CSBL 5089 Graduate Colloquium............................................2.0 SCH

INTD 6090-BA Seminar & Journal Club....................................1.5 SCH

INTD 6097 Research*.............................................................1.5 SCH

            TOTAL 12.5 SCH

*1-3 SCH can replace SCH for Research if additional rotations are necessary in the Spring Semester.

Year 2

Fall Semester

Elective Courses/Supervised Teaching*................................0-6.0 SCH

CSBL 5077 Scientific Writing.................................................2.0 SCH

INTD 6090-BA Seminar & Journal Club...................................1.5 SCH

INTD 6097 Research.............................................................1.5 SCH

          TOTAL 12.5 SCH

Spring Semester

Elective Courses/Supervised Teaching*.................................0-6.0 SCH

INTD 6090-BA Seminar & Journal Club....................................1.5 SCH

INTD 6097 Research.......................................................4.5-10.5 SCH

          TOTAL 12.5 SCH

Year 3-5 - Fall and Spring Semester

Elective Courses/Supervised Teaching*...................................0-6.0 SCH

INTD 6090-BA Seminar & Journal Club......................................1.5 SCH

INTD 6097 Research**......................................................4.5-10.5 SCH

*Student will take 1 hour of supervised teaching (CSBL 6071 Supervised Teaching) at some point prior to graduation and will take 6 hours of electives at some point prior to graduation.

** Typically, INTD 7099 Dissertation will replace some or all SCH of INTD 6097 Research following admission to candidacy; Final hours may be applicable for the final semester.

Course Catalog 2013-2015

Apply Online


To apply for the IBMS, click here. Application priority deadline is January 15, with a final application deadline of March 15.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early and submit complete applications with all supporting materials to receive priority review. There is NO application fee.

Applications are reviewed by an Admissions Committee composed of faculty members representing all disciplines in the IBMS. Highly qualified applicants are invited for interviews beginning early in the Spring semester.

Contact

Rochelle Buffenstein, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology
Biology of Aging Discipline Leader
210-562-5062
 
Peter Hornsby, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology
Biology of Aging Discipline Co-Leader
210-562-5080
 

 
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