Reproductive Biology Program
Graduate education in reproductive biology is offered in the Reproductive Biology Track within the Program of Cell and Regulatory Biology at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. It is a multidisciplinary program encompassing faculty from three University of Texas components, the Medical School, the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Dental Branch, as well as the Texas A & M Institute of Biosciences and Technology. Further breadth is provided through interactions with those in other Tracks within the Cell and Regulatory Program.
The program is designed to provide opportunities for students to gain in-depth knowledge about various aspects of reproductive biology and to prepare them for the attainment of the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences. The program is administered by the Reproductive Biology Track director, within the guidelines of the Cell and Regulatory Biology Program. Course requirements provide an opportunity to acquire breadth in fundamental areas of biomedical sciences, such as biochemistry and molecular and cell biology, and focus in depth on the application of basic mechanisms to the biology, endocrinology, physiology and diseases of the reproductive systems. Courses and the candidacy examination are specifically oriented toward reproductive biology.
Areas of research include the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the development, function, endocrinology, immunology and senescence of the testis and the ovary; meiosis; sex determination; malignancies of the reproductive tracts; hormone action; placental development; parturition; neonatal development; and environmental impacts on these processes. Irrespective of their areas of specialization, students are encouraged to interact with all faculty in the track through tutorials, research presentations and seminars, courses taught by the entire faculty and informal discussions. The students should achieve a broad perspective of reproductive systems and processes throughout mammalian species and model organisms and become familiar with modern experimental approaches, both in vivo and in vitro.