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Ph.D. Programs

The College of Graduate Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina is committed to the graduate training of biomedical research scientists who learn to work at the interface of the basic sciences and human health and disease.

As a Ph.D. student, you may take an interdisciplinary first-year curriculum that allows exposure to all departments and programs before selecting a research area and mentor. The curriculum consists of interactive and comprehensive didactic units, self-selected laboratory rotations, and seminars to set the stage for your research career. 

Areas of Research

Addiction Science
Biomedical Data Science & Informatics
Cancer Biology
Cell Biology, Regulation, and Signaling
Developmental Biology
Drug Discovery
Genetics & Genomics


Immunology and Inflammation
Mitochondrial Biology
RNA and DNA structure and function
Oral Health Sciences
Proteomics, Lipidomics, and Glycomics
Regenerative Medicine
Stem and iPS cell biology
Structural Biology

Biomedical Sciences

The Biomedical Sciences degree provides training in foundational and discipline-specific content, research ethics and critical thinking, the scientific method, and effective communication. The first-year curriculum offers an entire academic year for Ph.D. students to explore all graduate training programs before selecting a program and research area.

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Biostatistics Epidemiology

The DPHS provides innovative interdisciplinary training in analytical and mathematical sciences germane to biology, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, health care, and environmental sciences. A cross-cutting theme common to much of this research is a focus on health disparities. This novel, independent research aims to improve clinical care and advance population health.

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MCBP Program

The Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology Program has research interests spanning all the modern aspects of biomedical sciences, from the molecular mechanisms and basis of disease to translational research. In addition, the program sponsors an extensive series of outside seminar speakers and other activities which foster communication and scientific interaction among the members of the biomedical sciences community.

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PhD Training Grants

Explore the current training grants offered by the College of Graduate Studies.

Current Grants