Committees


Committee on Cancer Biology

The Committee on Cancer Biology offers a graduate program of study leading to the Ph.D. in cancer biology. The program provides multidisciplinary training for a research career in any aspect of cancer biology, focusing on mammalian (particularly human) biology, as well as the study of genes and processes in other eukaryotic organisms. Students can concentrate in one of several areas of cancer biology, including apoptosis, cancer cytogenetics, cell cycle, chromosome damage/repair, drug resistance, hormone action, metastatic progression, signaling and cellular communication, and tumor biology/immunology.

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Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics

The primary goal of the Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics is to educate individuals from several subspecialties in clinical pharmacology, principle of therapeutics, molecular pharmacology and pharmacogenetics. This is achieved through didactic exercises, seminars and research projects. The Committee consists of an interdepartmental cooperation of faculty in various departments who have a shared interest and background in the principles of clinical pharmacology.

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Committee on Computational Neuroscience

The Committee on Computational Neuroscience draws on faculty from many departments in all four graduate divisions in the University to create a multidisciplinary program in neuroscience. Computational neuroscience is a relatively new area of inquiry that is concerned with how components of animal and human nervous systems interact to produce behaviors. Using quantitative and modeling methods, the interdisciplinary approach of computational neuroscience seeks to understand the function of the nervous system, natural behaviors and cognitive processes and to design human-made devices that duplicate behaviors. Course work in computational neuroscience prepares students for research in neurobiology, psychology, or in the mathematical or engineering sciences. Graduates from this program move to traditional academic careers, to careers in biomedical research or engineering, or to opportunities in the corporate world.

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Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology

The Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying developmental processes. Course work provides students with a solid background in genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology as well as specialized training in all aspects of developmental biology. More than 30 faculty from both basic and clinical departments within the Division of Biological Sciences belong to the Committee. Our aim is to provide a challenging, stimulating and collegial environment where students can become independent researchers.

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Committee on Evolutionary Biology

The primary role of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology is to provide training in all aspects of evolutionary biology. The Committee consists of faculty members with primary appointments in all four graduate divisions within the University and associated faculty from institutions in the Chicago area (Argonne National Laboratory, Brookfield Zoo, and the Field Museum of Natural History). Of the four students entering in the Fall 1999 class, one arrived with an NSF predoctoral fellowship. The Committee again coordinated its graduate admissions with the Departments of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, Ecology & Evolution, and Geophysical Sciences. This clustered approach streamlined the selection process and helped match qualified candidates with the academic units that best met their intellectual aspirations.

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Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology

The Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology is a degree-granting program that brings together geneticists from various academic departments aimed at training students in advanced rationales and methods of genetic analysis for careers as independent scientists in basic and applied biomedical research and education. In the past few years the stringent enforcement of didactic requirements and expansion of the Steering Committee have contributed to a heightened focus in genetics. The specific strengths of the faculty are focused on chromosome organization and behavior, gene expression and developmental genetics, plant genetics, population and evolutionary genetics, and the genetics of human diseases, with special emphasis on genetic alterations in malignancy and diabetes.

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Committee on Immunology

The Committee on Immunology provides an intellectual and educational home for members of the immunology community and continues to explore fundamental concepts of immune function and development while developing new approaches to understanding and treating immunological diseases. The Committee administers one of the oldest and most prestigious immunology program in the country. The graduate program of study leading to the Ph.D. in Immunology, which has been continuously supported by NIH training grants over the past 30 years, is enhanced by an organizational structure that completely integrates the basic biological sciences with the clinical sciences. This multidisciplinary and integrated approach corresponds well with the reality of the new biology, where molecular and structural techniques are applied widely and with great success to clinical problems.

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Committee on Medical Physics

The Committee on Medical Physics is one of several disciplines that has emerged from the growing interaction between physics and biology. Other such disciplines include biophysics, biomedical engineering, and health physics. The field of medical physics may be defined broadly as "applied physics in medicine" and as such incorporates these other fields to the extent that they involve medical applications. Medical physics applies the principles of the physical sciences to biomedical problems. Thus, the activities of medical physicists cover a broad spectrum that ranges from the study of basic biomedical processes to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

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Committee on Microbiology

The Committee on Microbiology at the University of Chicago has three primary missions:

* To focus the research efforts of existing faculty with an interest in microbiology.
* To recruit new faculty and expand the research programs in microbiology and infectious diseases.
* To recruit undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral students (M.D. and Ph.D.) and educate them in microbiology.

These students can achieve the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Concentration in Microbiology; Ph.D. in Microbiology; M.D.; or board-certified Fellow of Infectious Diseases. As we are currently building research and educational programs, microbiology has gained worldwide attention and importance, as large sectors of the federal government are now concerned with infectious diseases, homeland security from biological warfare and terrorism, and basic research in microbiology. Seventeen faculty members from seven different BSD departments form the Committee on Microbiology. Eighteen graduate students are currently enrolled in the doctoral program.

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Committee on Molecular Medicine

The Committee on Molecular Medicine provides an academic forum for research interchange and graduate and post-graduate training in the molecular and cellular physiology of several organ systems, and addresses cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and neuropsychiatric function in health and disease.

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Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition

The Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition is a dynamic and interactive research unit of the University of Chicago, offering interdisciplinary doctoral training in the molecular basis of biological processes as they relate to nutrition and human disease. The primary reason for the existence of the Committee is the graduate program, and thus the main focus of the Committee is the training of graduate students. All faculty members have primary appointments in a variety of departments at the University, and voluntarily join the Committee for the express purpose of interacting with graduate students. Students enter the graduate program through the Committee rather than through an individual department. Thus, students are able to train in the labs of faculty members associated with a variety of clinical sections and basic science departments. Committee faculty members also participate in seminar series and teaching of courses, serve on thesis committees and provide reagents or expertise in a wide variety of areas in metabolism and nutrition. The flexibility and diversity of options for graduate training coupled with the strong attention paid to the timely progression of each graduate student are the principal strengths of the Committee. Faculty research expertise includes the areas of insulin secretion, diabetes genetics, nutritional regulation of epithelial cell biology,intestinal absorption, adaptation, and malabsorption, water/nutrient/electrolyte transport, nutriceuticals, atherogenesis, abnormalities in lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, vitamin D research, insulin metabolic signaling, transcription factors and adipogenesis, impact of nutrition on reproductive biology, glucocorticoid action and sleep research.

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Committee on Neurobiology

The Committee on Neurobiology provides training and instruction for students interested in the biology of the nervous system. The mission of the Committee is to serve as the center point of neuroscience for faculty and students, encouraging communication and the exchange of ideas. The Committee has members from different departments whose research interests include a broad spectrum of approaches from the biochemical and molecular to the behavioral and comparative.

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