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1. MiBioX: BIOC 690

The MiBioX course must be completed in the first year of participation in the program (typically year 2).

The course focuses on seminars selected for the MiBioX seminar series. The instructors will select weekly seminars from different departments at UNC. During the semester, students will introduce and present the work of visiting seminar speakers to the rest of the class. Presentations will precede the seminar and will serve to familiarize the students with the speaker’s work. Students not presenting will be called on to explain figures. Students will then attend the speaker’s seminar and complete a written critique of the seminar.


MiBio students are interested in the molecular mechanisms that are the basis of life. As such we expect trainees to develop a strong background in cell and molecular biology, as well as quantitative skills.

They must  fulfill the following course requirements before graduation.

2. Molecular Biology course: At least one of
BIOC 631; Molecular Biology 1 (genome organization, maintenance, 3 credit hours)
BIOC 632; Molecular Biology 2 (gene expression, translation, chromatin, 3 credit hours)

3. Cell Biology course: At least one of
CBPH 850; Cell Biology 1 (4 credit hours)
CBPH 851; Cell Biology 2 (4 credit hours)
PHCO 740-745; Cell Biology modules (take three of these 1 credit hour modules for one course)

Substitutions for these requirements require approval of the MiBio executive committee.

4. Quantitative Skills courses.

Trainees must also pass at least one course, or two credit hours, that provides substantial quantitative skills training as they are applied to simple hypothesis testing, genetic analysis and genomics, bioinformatics, imaging, structural studies, and macromolecular interactions. The quantitative skills courses will be selected during a consultation with the thesis advisor and the MiBio executive committee to best match the skills needed for the proposed dissertation project. There are a wide variety of relevant courses to choose from (including, but not limited to, those described here;

Many are 1 or 2-credit “modular” courses and that can be combined to build a custom semester. Most are also cross-listed in multipleprograms.