Frequently Asked Questions

What is "Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology"?

phys·i·ol·o·gy (fĭz'ē-ŏl'ə-jē)
The biological study of the functions of living organisms and their parts.
All the functions of a living organism or any of its parts1.

b i·o·phys·ics (bī'ō-fĭz'ĭks)
The science that deals with the application of physics to biological processes and phenomena1.

Systems biology is the study of the interactions between the components of a biological system, and how these interactions give rise to the function and behavior of that system (for example, enzymes and a metabolic pathway, ion channels and cardiac excitability or genes and animal behavior)1.

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What is an appropriate educational background for a prospective PBSB student?

Our graduate students come from a wide array of backgrounds including medicine, natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and computing. The PBSB curriculum is designed with the goal to enable students to tackle challenging research questions using multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches. These include the most up-to-date experimental methods (for example from single molecule imaging to optical mapping of whole organs) and theoretical approaches (from molecular dynamics to organ systems models), which together comprise the future of biomedical research.

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How are graduate students supported at Cornell?

All PBSB students are awarded a full tuition scholarship, which includes all tuition, tuition fees and health insurance costs. In addition to a full tuition scholarship, a generous graduate student stipend of $30,754 per annum is awarded to each full-time student for the duration of their pre-doctoral studies.

Students are always encouraged to seek their own prestigious fellowships.

What do PBSB graduates do after graduate school?

Our graduates are in demand!
PBSB Ph.D.s find employment in multiple job sectors including academics, industry, consulting, government, law and financial services.
Many students participate in the Career Pathways program

Where do PBSB graduate students live?

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