Physiology and Biophysics Ph.D. Learning Outcomes

The PhD program in Physiology and Biophysics trains graduate students to become proficient and successful investigators who are able to:

PLO1: Core Knowledge

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of central concepts in Physiology and Biophysics
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of Thesis research area of biomedical science sufficient to carry out productive independent research

PLO2: Research Methods and Analysis

  • Formulate hypotheses or genetic screens based on current concepts in the field and
  • Design, conduct, and interpret research projects
  • Understand and follow research ethics

PLO3: Pedagogy

  • Communicate effectively to large and small groups in pedagogical settings to the level of understanding of the audience
  • Identify and effectively deploy suitable technologies for use in all aspects of instruction 

PLO4: Scholarly Communication

  • Emphasis on strong oral communication skills
    • Presentation skills to a scientific audience
    • Ability to communicate complex scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience
  • Read and cogently discuss relevant literature and their significance
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed publications
  • Communicate research results effectively through oral presentations at scientific seminars, conferences, and other venues

PLO5: Professionalism

  • Select appropriate conference venues
  • Write clear abstracts describing own research for conferences
  • Prepare talks for presentation at a research conference
  • Make effective contributions to research teams and learning seminars
  • Make effective contributions to department, university, community, and professional service and mentor more junior researchers
  • Ability to project a professional scientific image in public

PLO6: Independent Research

  • Develop their own research projects that meet high standards of theoretical and methodological rigor with lasting impact
  • Produce scholarship that is at the leading edge of science
  • Supervise more junior researchers as a team leader
  • Ability to identify patentable scientific findings
  • Practical knowledge of patent law and ability to interact with the Office of Technology Alliances
  • Ability to identify practical uses of research projects

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