Designated Emphases

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Focused Specializations Across Ph.D. Programs

A Designated Emphasis (DE) is an area of specialization, such as a new method of inquiry, important field of application or focus that maps near the edges, or overlaps with, the traditional disciplinary boundaries that define existing Ph.D. programs. The curriculum of a DE thus tends to focus on emerging fields or technologies that are interdisciplinary in nature and, by definition, are relevant to more than one doctoral program.

The Neuroscience graduate group offer the following Designated Emphases:

Biophotonics and Bioimaging

This program offers specific training in fundamental principles of the interaction of light with biological organisms, tissues, cells and molecules and develops new technology for basic science and applications based on these principles in biology and medicine.

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Biotechnology

This program provides a very effective multidisciplinary biotechnology concentration, which includes exposure to bioethics, business and legal aspects of biotechnology as well as a 3-6 month internship in a biotechnology company or research laboratory in another college or national laboratory.

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Stem and Progenitor Cells

This program allows graduate students to fully explore and participate in formal training on the basic biology and potential clinical applications of stem and progenitor cells. Students will leave the program well-versed and educated in all relevant areas such as the basic biology, use for regenerative medicine purposes, ethical, legal and social implications of stem cell research, and related educational experiences.

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