Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology

CMDB 2015

CMDB at the 2015 Sackler Relays

CMDB Program Guide  download pdf

Beginning with admission of the 2015 class, CMDB will offer strong interdisciplinary training across a spectrum of biomedically related translational areas. The new training program has its roots in a highly successful integrated first year curriculum that provides a strong foundation in biomedical research.

Our program brings together over 70 faculty based on the Health Sciences Campus of Tufts University in the schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Nutrition as well as scientists based at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Faculty based in the School of Engineering and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as well as at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute are also active participants. 

Students entering CMDB have the ability to select one of four concentrations of study:

  • Structural & Chemical Biology  info
  • Developmental & Regenerative Biology info
  • Cancer Biology info
  • Molecular & Cellular Medicine  info

Each concentration features a curriculum designed to give trainees in depth knowledge while preserving a breadth of exposure to contemporary research approaches in biomedical science. The rigorous training program will continue to foster the development of key student-driven discoveries that will inform our understanding of the cellular pathways, molecular signaling networks and systems-based mechanisms that govern human development and disease, leading to the generation of innovative new therapies. There are robust opportunities and an extraordinarily deep pool of internationally recognized faculty members aligned with each of the specialization tracks.  Following the first year of training and in collaboration with the faculty advisory, dean's office and prospective student PhD mentor, rising 2nd year and 2nd year students confirm their specialization track preferences while beginning to assemble the thesis advisory committee, all steps leading to PhD candidacy and degree conferral.

Contact information









Ira Herman, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Stearns 514
Phone: 617-636-6836
Fax: 617-636-2990

Health Science Campus

Health Science Campus Sign

The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research