Students must successfully complete the following courses and requirements in order to earn a Ph.D. degree in Cellular and Molecular Medicine.


1st year

  • Introduction to the Human Body (800.702)
  • Topics in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (800.718)
  • Molecular Biology and Genomics (260.709)
  • Genetics (260.708)
  • Pathways and Regulation (360.728)
  • Cell Structure and Dynamics (110.728)
  • CMM Core Discussion (800.703)
  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease (800.709)
  • Research in CMM (800.801)

2nd year

  • Principles of Immunology I (260.611)
  • & Topics in Immunology I (260.801)
  • Grant Writing: Nuts and Bolts (800.717)
  • Research in CMM (800.801)
  • Clinical Conferences in CMM (TBA)

Electives & Course Registration

Students are required to take four elective courses to further broaden their experience in cellular and molecular medicine. A typical course is in a discussion format, with a half dozen students and one or two faculty. Such a course generally meets 8 or 10 times for the purpose of reviewing current research papers on a particular topic. Some courses are organized by CMM faculty, and others are given by faculty in other departments. New courses will be organized in the future according to the interests of the faculty. Elective courses may include courses at the:
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Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Homewood.

Students usually fulfill their elective course requirements during their third and fourth years of training.

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Research Rotations

Each student will conduct research in at least three different laboratories during the first year. Each trainee is expected to complete three, ten-week research projects in different laboratories. Each student is assigned a Rotation Advisor who will assist the student through the rotation selection process. The main purpose of laboratory rotations is to assure that students have exposure to a variety of research topics, techniques and approaches, leading ultimately to the selection of a thesis mentor and lab.

Oral Examination

An oral examination, administered by the Graduate Board of the University, must be completed by the end of the second year of study. This examination evaluates the depth and breadth of the student's knowledge in cellular and molecular medicine, based in large part on the core curriculum the student has completed in year one.

Thesis Proposal and Committee

Once the student has successfully passed their oral exam, the student and thesis mentor together decide on an appropriate thesis project. The student then selects a committee of at least three faculty experts who, along with his/her thesis mentor, will act as advisers and oversee the project until its conclusion. This committee will meet on a yearly basis.

For second year students, who are usually just beginning their research, this meeting should involve primarily a detailed discussion of the proposed thesis. The student should present to the committee, prior to the meeting, a written formal proposal for his/her thesis work. The format should be similar to that of a research proposal in an NIH grant application (individual National Research Service Award, 5-10 pages, doubled-spaced). A copy is also kept on file in the Program Office.

For students in the third and subsequent years, the meeting should involve a discussion of both progress and plans for the future. It is this committee that decides when the research is sufficient for completion of degree requirements.

Annual Thesis Meeting Form

Naming Of Thesis Committee Form

To have information for and Individual Development Plan complete IDP Survey. The information from the survey is for your personal use and the results are not required to be presented to your committee.

Doctoral Dissertation

At the end of the first year, students will select a research adviser and begin original research leading to their doctoral dissertation. The written thesis, based on research undertaken as a CMM student, is read by the adviser and another faculty member from the thesis committee called the reader. Once approved, the student must present a formal public seminar on his or her completed thesis research before an audience usually composed of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and trainees in the program. It is expected that the student's research will form the basis of scholarly articles published in the peer-reviewed biomedical literature.

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Graduation Clearance Form

Johns Hopkins University Guidelines for the Preparation of Dissertations and Theses

Johns Hopkins University Dissertation Submission

Graduation CV format

Referee letter guidelines

Policy Book

2014 Policy Book

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Office of International Student, Faculty and Staff Services

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