Curriculum and Concentrations


First Year

The first year curriculum for PhD trainees provides each student with the opportunity to build a strong foundation and understanding of the core concepts, basic techniques, key model systems and strategic scientific discipline. Students receive a thorough grounding in molecular and cellular biology, structural biology, genetics, developmental biology, quantitative biology and biochemistry. 

The curriculum is logically sequenced so that didactic, interdisciplinary training is reinforced in journal clubs and seminar-based courses. Together with the successful completion of four laboratory rotations, this experience provides each trainee with a strong foundation in the basic biomedical sciences while offering individualized hands-on training that will prove instrumental as students acquire special skill-sets for their research. The training experience will enable each trainee to develop specific areas of expertise in the subsequent years of training.

Second Year & Beyond

Upon completion of the first year, each CMDB trainee will be required to select a concentration area. In keeping with the blending of interdisciplinary training with the acquisition of specialized skills, half of the journal club meetings attended by students will cover general topics, and the other half are specialized journal club or joint lab meetings within a particular concentration area. Currently, CMDB possesses four areas of concentration:

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


Health Science Campus

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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