CBMP MSTP Requirements
CBMP Guidelines for the MSTP Program


University Requirements:

The CBMP program requirements for PhD and MD/PhD students are identical except that MD/PhD students receive credit for medical school coursework and rotations completed prior to entering the program. PhD students must take a minimum of 72 credits over a minimum of 6 full-time terms. At least 32 of the required 72 credits must come from course work, and the remaining 40+ credits are earned for dissertation research that is accomplished after passing the comprehensive examination. The course credit requirements for MSTP students is lessened by 16 transfer credits earned during the first two years of medical school.


CBMP Requirements:

Upon entry into the CBMP program, students are required to take the course titled Cellular Biology of Normal and Disease States and upon passing the comprehensive exam a Journal Club each Spring and Fall term until graduation. Students also participate in the once monthly Experiments and Logic in Cell Biology (ELCB) course. Elective courses are numerous, and are tailored to the specific interests and needs of the student. Additional CBMP courses, and the distribution of credits are included in the table below.

Course Title Credits
Transfer Credits from MS1/2 16
Cellular Biology of Normal and Disease States 3
Imaging Cell Biology in Living Systems 3
Regulation of Membrane Traffic 2
Journal Club (Spring and Fall terms) 4+
Experiments and Logic in Cell Biology (ELCB) 1+
Electives 4+
Total 33+


Timeline for MSTP students in the CBMP Program :

Year 1: CBMP core coursework, initiate dissertation research
Year 2: Comp exam, dissertation research, elective courses, journal club, ELCB
Year 3: Dissertation research, journal club, ELCB
Year 4 : Write and defend dissertation, journal club, ELCB


Current Participating Faculty:

Gerard L. Apodaca, PhD -- 412-383-8893 -- gla6@pitt.edu
Membrane traffic in epithelia cells

James L. Funderburgh, PhD -- 412-647-3853 -- jfunder@pitt.edu
Corneal cell biology & tissue engineering

Arjumand Ghazi, PhD -- 412-692-9433 -- Arjumand.Ghazi@chp.edu
Genetic Regulation of Aging C. elegans

Thomas R. Kleyman, MD -- 412-647-3121 -- kleyman@pitt.edu
Function of the epithelial sodium channel

Rama K. Mallampalli, MD -- 412-624-8735 -- mallampallirk@upmc.edu
Pulmonary molecular & cell biology as it relates to acute lung injury (ALI) & the mechanisms of sepsis

Alexander Sorkin, PhD -- 412-624-3116 -- sorkin@pitt.edu
Mechanisms and functional role of endocytic trafficking of EGF receptor in cancer cells and the dopamine transporter

Ora A. Weisz, PhD -- 412-383-8891 -- weisz@pitt.edu
Apical traffic in polarized epithelial cells


For more details contact our program director, Michael Butterworth, PhD