School of Medicine

Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy


The Program in Development, Cell & Neurobiology offers programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Areas of concentration are cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, and neurobiology. The goal of the program is to train promising students for competitive careers in research and teaching. Students are encouraged to develop broad expertise in the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology and cell physiology. Expected time for completion of the master's degree program is two to three years, while the Ph.D. degree is typically a four to five year program.
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Students become involved in ongoing research projects during the first year in laboratory rotation and are encouraged to identify a dissertation adviser during this period or shortly thereafter. After the second year of the Ph.D. program, a student may qualify to take a broad-based preliminary examination. Upon satisfactory completion, the student is entered into candidacy. Course work should be largely completed at this time, and candidates may concentrate on their dissertation research. Students receive close, individual training in laboratory technique and scientific acumen from the graduate faculty. Faculty members are integrally involved with the LSUHSC Neuroscience Center of Excellence, the LSUHSC Eye Center, and the LSUHSC Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center. Interaction with other members of these centers is encouraged.

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All students admitted to the Ph.D. program will receive tuition waivers, stipend and medical insurance.

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The cost of living in New Orleans and vicinity is below the national average and considerably less than many similarly sized metropolitan areas. Limited housing is available in the Residence Hall, an 11-story structure which is connected to the Medical Center via a covered walkway.  The Residence Hall provides comfortable, modern living and recreational facilities, including an exercise area and health facility, for approximately 242 students and their families.  For information and to receive a residence Hall application, contact:

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1900 Perdido Street, Box R2-1
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Reasonably priced apartments can also be found throughout the greater New Orleans area.  The local newspaper, the Times Picayune, and the Gambit Weekly are good resources for apartment hunting.


In 2001, there were 12 graduate students in residence in the program in Development, Cell & Neurobiology, including students from the interdisciplinary Neuroscience programs. There are approximately 110 full-time students enrolled in the various basic science departments that comprise the School of Graduate Studies at the LSUHSC.

Graduate Students in the program of Development, Cell & Neurobiology


New Orleans is a world-renowned cultural center, recognized for outstanding music ranging from jazz to opera, theater, world-class restaurants, and unique festivities such asMardi Gras and the Jazz and Heritage Festival. The historic French Quarter, Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, Louisiana Superdome, and a variety of historical and art museums are within minutes of the Medical Center. In close proximity are several national parks and wildlife refuges. Gulf Coast beaches are within 90 minutes of downtown, and the subtropical climate permits a variety of year-round outdoor activities.


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LSU Health Sciences Center is part of the Louisiana State University system of colleges and universities. Established in 1860, the main campus is in Baton Rouge. The Medical Center in New Orleans, founded in 1931, comprises the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy occupies facilities in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The program in Development, Cell & Neurobiology headquarters are housed in the Medical Education Building of the Medical School.
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Applications are evaluated by the Department Graduate Program Committee.
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Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
1901 Perdido Street, Room 6103
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112