Graduate Program in Computational Biology

Charles Lawrence chas at
Mon Nov 15 10:59:44 EST 1993

                                  PH.D. PROGRAM

                              The Graduate School
                          Baylor College of Medicine
                                Houston, Texas


Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics (SCBMB)
is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program that offers a
Ph.D. Degree.  The program stresses student training with a strong
research emphasis in the above areas as well as basic courses in
biochemistry and cell and molecular biology.  The faculty research
activities cover sophisticated development of structural and
computational techniques, protein design and engineering, biophysical
chemistry of macromolecules, membrane biophysics and genome
informatics.  Over 38 full-time faculty members, from basic and
clinical sciences departments at Baylor College of Medicine, Rice
University, and the University of Houston, teach and supervise
students' research.  Applicants with undergraduate degrees in physical,
chemical, mathematical, computational and engineering sciences are of
particular interest.  Of course, students with traditional backgrounds
in biochemistry and molecular biology are welcome to apply.

Because of the diversity of the students' undergraduate background we
will assist each student to develop his/her first year curriculum.  For
students without preparation in biological or chemical sciences,
undergraduate courses are available at Rice University and the
University of Houston.  The other two institutions, without additional
fees, offer courses such as computation and mathematical sciences that
are not available at Baylor.  We would like to provide the students
preparing for their future career with a sound understanding of
biological problems and their solutions in addition to the specialized
research areas.  The first year students will take a minimum of three
terms of laboratory rotations to experience different areas of research


A unique aspect of this program is the affiliation with a number of
research centers by the participating faculty members; Each
appropriately equipped and staffed.  These include the W.M. Keck Center
for Computational Biology, the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes of
Structural Biology and Molecular  Genetics, Human Genome Center,
3-Dimensional Electron Microscopy Center, Molecular Biology Information
Resource Center, Institute of Molecular Design, Texas Center for
Advanced Molecular Computing and Center for Research on Parallel
Computation.  Students will have ample opportunity to work in any of
these research centers and interact with their predoctoral and
postdoctoral fellows and staff members.  There are symposia's
workshops, seminars and informal discussion groups sponsored by these
various programs, and a monthly evening seminar is presentations by
faculty or students in the SCBMB Program Centers throughout the year.

To obtain application for admission write Dixie Brewer at the following

Ph.D. Program in SCBMB
The Graduate School, S101
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, Texas 77030
Telephone (713)798-4028   Fax(713)798-6325
Email:scb at

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity , Affirmative Action,
and Equal Access College

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