The Graduate Experience

PhD Student Support & Training

Ph.D. students receive tuition waiver and an annual living stipend (TA or RA). The Biology Core Curriculum combines a broad knowledge base with in-depth study in a research area of interest. See the Graduate Guidebook link (p. 3) for core course offerings. Travel Awards and the new Distinguished Graduate Fellowship provide further opportunities. Core facilities for imaging and molecular biology help ensure good progress and development of cutting edge research skills. Biology Faculty participating in Ph.D. training are listed in the current Graduate Guidebook which you should consult before applying.  Please note that Marine Science faculty are now offering a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology.

Research Opportunities

Graduate study in our Biology Department provides unique experiences, ranging from a superb seminar series to collaborations with leaders in such fields as cell biology, microbiology, physiology, developmental biology and neuroscience. Biology M.S. and Ph.D. students will assemble a committee with unique expertise to guide their academic and career development. Interdisciplinary labs and world-renowned research centers provide further opportunities. The Biology Department is in a phase of rapid growth with the addition of new faculty members in cell and reproductive biology, regeneration, microbiology and neuroscience.

The NU Advantage

Situated between Symphony Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts, NU students enjoy a lively cultural scene featuring many restaurants, Fenway Park and popular historical sites. Just a short trolley ride (or walk) to Harvard Medical School, or bike ride to MIT, Biology Labs (and students) often make valuable research connections within the thriving academic community of Greater Boston.

Research Clusters
Cellular/Molecular, Genetics, Biochemistry Biomechanics, Neurobiology
and Behavior
Molecular Microbiology