Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."


The Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Medicine (CGM) discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program provides a gateway to all basic, medical and translational research by emphasizing the importance of cell and molecular biology approaches to study the foundations of life, health and disease. Our discipline is designed for graduate students with a broad interest in investigating how prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells function as a living unit, respond to external cues, communicate with other cells, and contribute to the homeostatic and pathological processes in complex systems. The curriculum offers maximum flexibility and can be individually tailored to a specific student's interests including aging, cancer, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, metabolism and physiology. We stress the development of a student's ability to think critically and to pursue hypothesis-driven research. We also encourage students to combine our advanced curriculum in CGM with any of the advanced core courses in the other IBMS disciplines. Overall, the CGM discipline provides students with a comprehensive foundation in science and interdisciplinary training that can be utilized for future career development in more specialized areas of biomedical research and education.

  • - Liz Fisher

    "The CGM discipline supported me tremendously through my Ph.D. The faculty were supportive and helpful, and I had access to the resources to I needed to finish my project. The access to the faculty was really important to help me finish my degree more quickly."



Students receive a stipend of $30,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program.

Application Deadlines:

Fall/January 1 (Priority)

Fall/March 15 (Final)


Magdalene Madla

Discipline Coordinator,


Dr. Renee Yew,

Discipline Director,