Dartmouth MCB Program Highlights

The Dartmouth MCB program is made up of:

  • a diverse population of over 168 students from across the United States and twenty different countries.
  • 66 faculty members including members of the National Academy of Science and AAAS, and recipients of NIH MERIT and NSF CAREER awards.
  • faculty from Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth College who are based across the college campus and at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
  • a network of interdisciplinary collaborations between labs, departments, schools that are funded by extramural and intramural funding.

Dartmouth MCB students:

  • receive an annual stipend, health insurance, and a full tuition scholarship.
  • are extremely positive about their experience at Dartmouth (over 95% of students surveyed ranked their faculty interactions very highly).
  • are strongly supported in their career at Dartmouth and beyond. Dartmouth ranks in the top ten percent for student support and outcomes according to the 2010 NRC assessment of doctoral programs.
  • get practical teaching experience. Students teach one term under the guidance of an MCB faculty member, and can choose to gain additional teaching experience in a variety of ways.

Dartmouth MCB research is funded by:

  • over $34 million (direct costs) per year in research dollars.
  • Federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, NASA, and the USDA.
  • private foundations (American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, Gates Foundation, and many others) and companies.
  • numerous training grants, program projects, and externally funded Centers.

Dartmouth MCB research is conducted in:

  • 66 labs across campus.
  • Vail and Remsen Buildings, the Life Sciences Center, Borwell, and the Rubin Building in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, and the Thayer School of Engineering.

Program Overview

The Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) program at Dartmouth was founded in 1994 and is an interdisciplinary graduate program whose mission is to train highly qualified students for productive careers in research and teaching through the completion of a Ph.D. degree.

Faculty members in MCB are among the top in their fields, as recognized by competitive research grants, publication in leading journals, and membership in professional societies. While performing cutting edge science, we maintain a collegial feeling to the program and foster a collaborative environment. Dartmouth, one of the Ivy League institutions, has a long-standing tradition of close student-faculty ties; a tradition that is heartily endorsed by the MCB program.

Dartmouth MCB consists of approximately 168 students and 66 faculty members whose research spans a wide range of topics including biophysics and structural biology, biotechnology, cancer biology, cell biology, circadian biology, computational and quantitative biology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics and proteomics, immunology, microbiology, molecular pathogenesis and host-microbe interactions, neuroscience, plant molecular biology, regulation of gene expression, and signal transduction and cellular metabolism.

Overall, we have a thriving community of students engaged in graduate education and research, and interaction among students in all the graduate programs is common and encouraged. Twenty-five to thirty students matriculate each year. Each student works closely with a thesis advisor and has the opportunity to interact daily with other members of the program.

Research rotations during the first year provide students the opportunity to explore diverse research interests and then make an informed decision when selecting a thesis lab. Graduate student "research in progress" seminars are held on a weekly basis providing both an opportunity to learn about each other's research and to obtain feedback from faculty and students. Informal interactions among program students and faculty take place during weekly get-togethers, journal clubs and annual retreats.

The MCB program also offers joint degree programs with Geisel School of Medicine (M.D./Ph.D.) and Tuck School of Business (M.B.A./Ph.D.). Graduate student life is enriched by the many available activities, clubs, and sports that are available through the college and community.