PhD Student Support & Training
PhD students typically receive a 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 (p. 3) for core course offerings. Core facilities for imaging and molecular biology help ensure good progress and development of cutting edge research skills. Biology faculty participating in PhD training are listed in the current Graduate Guidebook which you should consult before applying. Please note that Marine Science faculty are now offering a PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology.

Research Opportunities
Graduate study in the Biology Department provides a tailored experience for each student, including independent research in our major areas of strength: molecular microbiology, cell and molecular biology, aging and regenerative biology, and biomechanics, neurobiology and behavior. In addition to individualized mentoring, Biology PhD students are supported by a committee with unique expertise to guide their academic and career development.

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, Tufts and BU Medical Schools, or bike ride to MIT, our students make valuable research connections within the thriving academic community of Greater Boston.

Research Clusters