Modern research in the biological sciences is increasingly multidisciplinary.
Today, research in the biological sciences focuses less on single genes
and proteins, and more on the complex interactions of multiple genes,
macromolecules, and processes within a living organism. To provide the
ideas and tools underlying this trend, biologists are embracing the
complex technologies and quantitative methods of the physical sciences.
Likewise, biophysicists are engaging in problems at the forefront of
biology, directing their methods towards important and complex problems
such as understanding genome organization, cell functions and molecular
The Program in Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics (CMDB) at Johns
Hopkins is directed towards cross-training doctoral students in all
of these areas. All of our graduate students, whether involved in research
in cell biology
, which includes genetics, developmental
, and biophysics
, which includes
biochemistry, participate in a core curriculum involving molecular,
cellular, developmental biology, and biophysics. Students continue to
broaden their knowledge in these areas throughout their graduate training,
while they specialize in their own research areas. Through this cross-training,
Ph.D.s emerge from the CMDB with preparation to tackle complex problems
in 21st century biosciences.
The CMDB program includes faculty from the
Department of Biology
T.C. Jenkins Department of Biophysics
Carnegie Institute of Embryology
, and the
Department of Chemistry
The Hopkins Biology Graduate Program, founded in 1876, is the oldest
Biology graduate school in the country. People like Thomas Morgan, E.
B. Wilson, Edwin Conklin and Ross Harrison, were part of the initial
graduate classes when the program was first founded. More recent graduates
include Bonnie Bassler, who won a MacArthur Award in 2002. The T.C.
Jenkins Department of Biophysics was the first Biophysics department
in the US, and trained people like John Abelson, Paul Greengard (Nobel
laureate, 2000), Wayne Hendrickson, and Tom Kelly. The Carnegie Institute
of Embryology, founded in 1913, moved to the Homewood campus in 1960.
This move initiated a close relationship with the JHU Department of
Biology and bolstered a new research focus on understanding fundamental
developmental mechanisms at the cellular and molecular level. Together,
these departments provide a graduate training environment with rich
tradition, diverse research interests, and a unified training mission.