Focused Specializations Across Ph.D. Programs
A Designated Emphasis (DE) is an area of specialization, such as a new method of inquiry, important field of application or focus that maps near the edges, or overlaps with, the traditional disciplinary boundaries that define existing Ph.D. programs. The curriculum of a DE thus tends to focus on emerging fields or technologies that are interdisciplinary in nature and, by definition, are relevant to more than one doctoral program.
The graduate programs in biological sciences offer the following Designated Emphases:
Biophotonics and Bioimaging
This program offers specific training in fundamental principles of the interaction of light with biological organisms, tissues, cells and molecules and develops new technology for basic science and applications based on these principles in biology and medicine.
This program provides a very effective multidisciplinary biotechnology concentration, which includes exposure to bioethics, business and legal aspects of biotechnology as well as a 3-6 month internship in a biotechnology company or research laboratory in another college or national laboratory.
This program trains students in principles pertinent to understanding functional responses of organisms to the environment, from molecular to organismal levels of investigation. This program represents a synthesis of modern mechanistic research which includes behavioral endocrinology and sensory biology, animal design, comparative physiology, functional morphology, evolution and phylogenetics, and environmental developmental biology.
This program offers research opportunities ranging from molecular to organismal, and from basic research to applied studies in agricultural and health-related sciences. The astonishing breadth and depth of the campuses research programs in this field have created a dynamic research environment that promotes collaborative investigations and provides outstanding opportunities for graduate education.
Stem and Progenitor Cells
This program allows graduate students to fully explore and participate in formal training on the basic biology and potential clinical applications of stem and progenitor cells. Students will leave the program well-versed and educated in all relevant areas such as the basic biology, use for regenerative medicine purposes, ethical, legal and social implications of stem cell research, and related educational experiences.
This program allows Ph.D. students to receive and be credited for training in the area of translational research. This training is a key component of a larger UC Davis strategy to create a multidisciplinary approach to changes how we train our basic scientist students to discover answers to medical challenges. The program provides an innovative model for training a new cadre of Ph.D. biologists for careers in clinically-relevant basic research.