The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group (CAMB) is a broad-based program, designed to provide superior graduate level education in modern cell and molecular biology and thereby to prepare outstanding students for leadership careers in biomedical research. The program has approximately 403 faculty from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Wistar Institute. Currently, 366 graduate students from colleges and universities around the nation and the world are enrolled in the program.
The CAMB Graduate Group offers programs in six related areas of study:
- Cancer Biology (CB)
- Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism (CPM)
- Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology (DSRB)
- Genetics and Epigenetics (G&E)
- Gene Therapy and Vaccines (GTV)
- Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology (MVP)
Each program is composed of faculty with interests focused on similar areas of research. Programs operate fairly autonomously, providing their students with advising, programs meetings, trainee seminars, among other offerings. Although faculty are members of only one program, many have interests that extend across several of the programs. Students can do lab rotations with any member of CAMB, regardless of program affiliations. Students have to select one of the six programs to affiliate themselves with at the start of the admissions process, but they can change programs at any time prior to the beginning of the second year. Students are required to meet their program's course requirements as well as the overall Graduate Group course requirements within the first two years of study.