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The Initial Apical-Basal Polarization of Early Embryonic Cells (Mark Peifer Lab)

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For students interested in research in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology our application, interview, and admission process is now handled through the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program. Note that students interested in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) must apply through a different mechanism (refer to the EEOB application page for information).  Students interested in the interface of MCDB and EEOB should contact one or more prospective faculty advisers for guidance on how to apply.

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The Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) is unified way for prospective students interested in the Department of Biology or any of the other 12 participating graduate programs in the biological and biomedical sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to apply for graduate study. BBSP acts as a common portal through which students begin their graduate studies at UNC-CH. Students admitted to UNC-CH through BBSP initially have no commitment to any specific Ph.D. program. At the end of the first year students select a thesis research lab and join a PhD program or department (usually one of the programs in which your faculty preceptor is a member). We are excited about the flexibility this program offers to our students during their first year. For a more complete description of the application process visit the BBSP Apply page.

While BBSP students have the freedom to choose coursework and rotations from any of the participating programs, including the Department of Biology, if you are interested only in research in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology in the Department of Biology PhD program you should still apply through BBSP. You will then begin fulfilling the Department’s degree requirements (e.g. taking the appropriate courses) in your first year, and will rotate with faculty in the Department of Biology.