Prospective Students

Our goal at UCI is to help our students learn their craft as scientists and at the same time become great leaders that go on to fulfilling and successful careers.

September 2, 2019
December 1, 2019

Why CMB?

Biomedical scientists in the 21st century must have a broad knowledge base and the skill to translate this knowledge towards disease treatment. The PhD program in Cellular & Molecular Biosciences at UC Irvine provides ideal training to launch the careers of talented researchers in diverse fields of biomedicine. With a multi-cultural student cohort, we strive to fulfill the dreams of students from many different backgrounds. The training environment is rigorous, but also cognizant of the need in life for a supportive and balanced lifestyle.

Our guaranteed on-campus housing contributes to a productive graduate experience. Visit the housing website for more information.

Qualified applicants receive full financial support that covers tuition, a generous stipend, and health insurance.

Outstanding research centers, facilities, and equipment assist our faculty and students in advancing the understanding of health and disease.

A collaborative culture that’s committed to diversity. UCI has been voted #1 “School doing most for the American Dream” by the New York Times.


Professor Hughes Lab

CMB faculty have chosen primary and secondary affiliations within five recently established Areas of Focus.




Researchers at UCI utilize state-of-the-art approaches in their pursuit of ground breaking discoveries.



Lydia and Amanda

Highly qualified applicants are considered for prestigious awards that supplement the stipend in the first year of study.



We offer a rigorous but flexible curriculum, along with an extensive choice of laboratories, allowing students to tailor their training to individual interests and goals.

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CMB is an interdisciplinary program with six participating departments from two Schools, the UCI School of Medicine and UCI School of Biological Sciences.

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Leading the way in the Biomedical Sciences

We invite you to learn more about the impact of our research, our faculty achievements, and how we are training the next generation of Biologists.



September 18, 2018

Congratulations to Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Professor Melissa Lodoen, who has been named the 2018 Dolph O. Adams awardee by the Society for Leukocyte Biology. Her research, which focuses on the role of monocytes and...

September 10, 2018

CMB faculty members Maksim Pilkus, PhD and Xing Dai, PhD, along with Quing Nie will blend cutting-edge, single-cell techniques with mathematical modeling to study wound healing, with the goal of integrating into one modeling framework...

September 6, 2018

Lead author Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Chemistry at UCI’s School of Medicine, first showed the circadian rhythm-metabolism link some 10 years ago, identifying the metabolic pathways through which circadian proteins sense energy...

August 13, 2018

Acknowledging the University of California, Irvine’s stellar blend of accessible, high-quality education and alumni success, Money magazine has ranked it No. 3 on its 2018 list of the “best colleges in the U.S.”...