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Graduate Program

Our Biology graduate programs span the breadth of biological questions and experimental systems — from evolution in viruses to cell and molecular biology in frogs and plants to bioinformatics of the human genome. Advances in genome sequencing and analysis together with rapid growth in interdisciplinary research are making the 21st century an exciting time for Biology.  The University of North Carolina recognizes the importance of investing in Biology research and training and is undertaking key initiatives in the life sciences.  The Biology department’s addition of the Genome Science Building and the recruitment of many new faculty make the department a vibrant place to learn and advance science.  We invite you to join us in these exciting times.

Our  graduate students have the opportunity to become outstanding researchers in their chosen area of specialization.  They learn how to conduct and analyze scientific research, give seminars, publish research papers, and write grants.  Our programs allow flexibility in training for a multitude of futures, from university research and teaching, to biotechnology, to environmental conservation.

Please use the navigation menu at left to explore the exciting possibilities we offer.  We hope you will join us.

Gregory P. Copenhaver and William Kier

Directors of Graduate Studies