The Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology (MCP) offers a course of study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The program of study is designed to prepare students for careers in research and teaching, with a major emphasis on training in research. Students work closely with a dissertation adviser and members of a research group on novel and important biological problems at the cellular and molecular level.  Each student’s program of study is created in consultation with the adviser to best fulfill the student’s unique educational goals.  

We encourage applications from all qualified persons interested in pursuing a career in scientific research.


Tuesday, December 5, 2023


• Bachelor's or Master's degree in any major, or equivalent international degree
• Coursework in: Physiology; Cell and developmental biology; Basic biochemistry and molecular biology; Genetics
• At least one year of university coursework in each of the following: Physics; Differential and integral calculus; Organic and inorganic chemistry
• The department is especially interested in those applicants who have research experience in the biological sciences



• Students matriculated into the program receive a stipend to help defray normal living expenses
• Stanford tuition costs are paid for the student under terms defined in the MCP Graduate Student Handbook.
• All applicants are urged to compete for non-Stanford fellowships or scholarships, and U.S. citizens should complete an application for a National Science Foundation fellowship.


Additional inquiries can be directed to:

Schantae Wright
Student Services Officer
Stanford University School of Medicine
Beckman Center, Room B100A
279 Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305-5345

Tel: (650) 725-7554
Fax: (650) 725-8021