The Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (PMCB) is the portal to PhD thesis research in seven basic science programs at OHSU. Under the PMCB umbrella, students complete core first-year coursework ranging from biochemistry to ethics, and rotate through three different labs to find a best-fit. After joining a lab and passing the qualifying exam students leave the PMCB nest, but are always welcome back for seminars, nano-courses and the annual retreat.
Our internationally-acclaimed PhD and MD faculty have primary appointments in the five participating basic science departments, and also include faculty from The Vollum Institute, Heart Research Center, Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, Oregon National Primate Center, Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Knight Cancer Institute,Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Casey Eye Institute, Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, Oregon Hearing Research Institute, U.S. Veteran's Affairs Medical Institute, Advanced Imaging Research Center, and the Center for Weight Regulation.
We admit between 12-25 students a year into our program. Our graduate students are a diverse and interactive group who come from all over the United States and the world. They carry out PhD thesis research in a wide range of laboratories, from those that focus on basic biological questions to those labs that focus on disease processes and translational research. PMCB students pursue interdisciplinary interests across departmental boundaries in areas including the autonomic nervous system, cancer biology, chemical biology, developmental biology, endocrinology, gene regulation, immunology, inflammatory processes, metabolism, microbial pathogenesis, signal transduction, structural biology, virology and quantitative biosciences and biomedical engineering.
Our graduate students have won scholarships, fellowships and awards from the National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, The National Institutes of Health, The OHSU Brain Institute, and the ARCS Foundation. PMCB students publish papers in major scientific journals and present their data at national and international scientific conferences.
PMCB is directed by Dr. Cheryl Maslen and is run by a steering committee comprised of faculty from across the university.