H:\Dbbs Talk For Chinese Delegation


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  • Our philosophy is that much cutting edge research is done at the boundaries of disciplines when scientists with different perspectives work together to solve problems.
  • Faculty have dual citizenship: Hired by departments to fulfill the mission of the medical school but come together in Programs for graduate education. Students are members of Programs.
  • The Division is now prepared and poised to move boldly by developing pathways that engage clinical, physical, social, and engineering sciences. This will provide the interdisciplinary breadth and depth needed to capitalize on the unprecedented opportunities for discovery and accelerated progress in the life sciences in the coming decade. These pathways allow students a better perspective how their basic research impacts important translational problems. This provides a unique perspective so that in the future our students are prepared to ask important questions.
  • If you consider most papers written in last 2 years of training, a very high fraction of students contribute to these high impact papers.
  • Actually 89% of matriculants graduate w/ a degree because 10% withdraw w/ an MA Only up to ’04 because 80% do Postdoctoral Training after degree.
  • H:\Dbbs Talk For Chinese Delegation

    1. 1. Washington University in St. LouisDivision of Biology & Biomedical Sciences What Will You Discover?
    2. 2. Who is the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences?• > 420 Faculty Mentors• > 620 Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. Students• 12 Interdepartmental Ph.D. Programs• More than 35 Years of experience in the administration of interdisciplinary programs.
    3. 3. 12 Ph.D. Programs• Biochemistry • Immunology• Computational & • Molecular Cell Biology Molecular Biophysics • Molecular Genetics &• Computational & Genomics Systems Biology • Molecular Microbiology &• Developmental Microbial Pathogenesis Biology • Neurosciences• Evolution, Ecology • Plant Biology & Population Biology• Human & Statistical Genetics
    4. 4. Specialized Emphasis Pathways Imaging Sciences Kaufmann Entrepreneurial Markey Cognitive,Human Pathobiology Computational & Systems Neuroscience Infectious DBBS Disease Molecular Cancer Engineering & Biology Biophysics
    5. 5. Partnerships• Danforth Plant Sciences Center• Missouri Botanical Garden
    6. 6. Diverse Learning Environment Students come from wide and varied backgrounds46 States & 49 Countries ▪ Private & Public Undergraduate Schools Diverse races, talents and backgrounds
    7. 7. DBBS Students are an Integral Component of the Research Enterprise at Washington University
    8. 8. Benefits for DBBS Students • Yearly Stipend: $27,500 • Full Tuition: ~$40,000 • Travel Funds: $600 • Student Health Fee: $2,749 • Dental Plan • Disability Insurance $32 • Total > $70,000• Outstanding Research Environment: Priceless
    9. 9. Goals and Outcomes for DBBS StudentsGoals OutcomesProduce Outstanding Scientists 79% of matriculants graduate with Ph.D.Quality but efficient training--mean/ > 80% do Postdoctoral Training median TTD = 5.8 yrs (6.8 yrs nationally*) PhD Graduate Job Outcomes 1973-2004 *National Science Foundation web site
    10. 10. Why Study at Washington University?• Depth and Breadth of Research Opportunities• Participation in “Cutting Edge” of Research -Wash U has consistently been in the top 5 institutions in federal research $ -Ranked 4th in Academic Analytics “broad field rankings” - Faculty Scholarly Productivity 7th highest in the nation.• Economy of Living in St. Louis• Long History of Interdisciplinary Training• Spirit of Cooperation and Collaboration between Laboratories
    11. 11. General Information on STL• 18th Largest metropolitan area in the US. – St. Louis City Population: 350,000+ – St. Louis County Population: ~1 million – St. Louis Metro Area Population: ~2.8 million• St. Louis ranked No. 9 among large metro areas in the U.S. 2007 Best Cities for Relocating Families ranking by Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation.• St. Louis ranked as the 4th “Most Affordable Place to Live” by Forbes