Graduate Bulletin

Anatomy, Ph.D.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15                            [December 15 for international applicants]

Spring: September 1                            [August 1 for international applicants]

Applications are evaluated as they are received up until the application deadline. It is advantageous to apply early.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: College/university faculty members familiar with academic and research competence

Coursework Required forAdmission Consideration:

A B.A. or B.S. degree with a substantial background in the sciences. Such a background can include: 16 credits of biology, 12 credits of chemistry, 6 credits of mathematics, and 9 credits of physics.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:



Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

Yes. A degree with a substantial background in the sciences. Such a background can include: 16 credits of biology, 12 credits of chemistry, 6 credits of mathematics, and 9 credits of physics.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your interest in Temple's program, in particular; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. Scores from the GRE tests are expected in the 50th percentile or higher.

The GRE Subject Exam in Biology is required.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted:
600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Master's: 45

Required Courses:

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology participates in the "Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences" at the Temple University School of Medicine.  The program requires Ph.D. and M.S. students to take a defined set of courses over the first two years:

-2 courses from the "Foundations of Biosciences Series" of the Interdisciplinary Program, comprising either a basic or advanced biochemistry course, and a course on Molecular and Cell Biology (see the School of Medicine Graduate Studies Website).

-2 1-s.h. courses comprising Scientific Communication, Scientific Integrity, and Bioethics

-2 courses from the "Integrated Biosciences Series" from the following list:

Molecular Approaches to Research

Principles of Physiology

Principles of Pharmacology

Principles of Organ Pathology

Principles of Genetics

Principles of Development

Cancer Biology

Host-Pathogen Interactions

Cell Structure and Function

Proteins and Enzymes


While study is tailored to suit individual interests and needs, a program of study can include courses and laboratory work in cell, developmental, and molecular biology, as well as courses in the anatomical sciences (gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, histology, and embryology). The number of credit hours required to complete the program ranges between 45-55.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:


Dissertation Advising Committee Information:
The Dissertation Advising Committee is formed to oversee the student's doctoral research and is comprised of at least three Graduate Faculty members. Two members, including the Chair, must be from the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department. Committee compositions must be approved by the departments graduate committee. The Chair is responsible for overseeing and guiding the student's progress, coordinating the responses of the Committee members, and informing the student of his or her academic progress.

Dissertation Examining Committee Information:
The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense. This committee is comprised of the Doctoral Advising Committee and at least one additional Graduate Faculty member from outside the Anatomy Department. The Outside Examiner should be identified no later than the beginning of the semester in which the student will defend the dissertation.

Advisor/Committee Information:
If a student needs to change a member of a Committee, the new member must be approved by the departments graduate committee and registered with the Department Secretary, School of Medicine's Graduate Studies Office and the main campus Graduate School.

Announcing the Dissertation Defense:
After the Department Secretary has arranged the time, date, and room, for the defense, the student must send to the Graduate School (501 Carnell Hall) a completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form at least 10 working days before the defense.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology

School of Medicine
3400 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Department Contacts:



Program Coordinator:

Emilia L. Oleszak

Graduate Chairperson:

Emilia L. Oleszak


Steven Popoff

About the Program

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is located on Temple University's Health Sciences Campus (HSC) and is part of the School of Medicine. By instituting new and innovative interdisciplinary training programs, we meet the many research challenges of the present and future. The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, with our distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, has made a solid commitment to be innovative leaders in preparing our students for biomedical careers in academia, government or industry. The Department has excellent research facilities for molecular and cell biology, including molecular histology core facility, in situ hybridization, histo-and cytochemistry, immunofluorescence imaging and electron microscope.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:

Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology

School of Medicine
3400 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Interdisciplinary Study:

This listing highlights the expertise and areas of research for the Anatomy and Cell Biology's faculty. Their insight provides you with a breadth of research possibilities using molecular and cellular approaches to study mechanisms vital to human health and disease. Your work will be supported by a variety of facilities. These include a molecular histology core facility, optical and electron microscopy, computer-based image processing and analysis, protein chemistry, molecular biology and tissue culture.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

The varied research interests of the faculty allow the students a breadth of research possibilities. The principal research frontiers in Anatomy and Cell Biology rely extensively on molecular and cellular approaches and techniques. Our graduate students will therefore, receive training in these areas. Areas of particular strength in the department are: (1) Skeletal Biology, e.g., regulation of skeletal development and metabolism, structure & function of bone cells, etiology of metabolic bone diseases, including, osteoporosis and inflammation-mediated osteopenia. (2) Cardiovascular Biology, e.g., regulation of cardiac myocyte growth, fine structure and function of cardiac muscle, regulation of commitment and differentiation of cardiac myocytes. (3) Reproductive Biology, e.g., genetics and cell biology of sperm function, reorganization of DNA during spermatogenesis, development and function of Sertoli and germ cells. (4) Neurobiology, e.g., properties of the neuronal cytoskeleton. (5) Neuro Virology and Neuro Immunology including inflammatory demyelinating diseases. Several of the faculty have joint appointments in other departments/research centers which provides another avenue for interaction and exchange of ideas between students in our department and faculty.

Job Placement:

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology offers graduate work leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree as preparation for a career of research and teaching in cell biology and modern anatomy. The program of instruction and training has the flexibility to meet a variety of career goals focused around biomedical research and teaching in diverse settings, including academic, pharamaceutical industry,and/or governmental.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are permitted to take up to 9 graduate credits. If accepted to the program, those courses may be applied toward the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Research Assistant (RA) Research Assistants are expected to devote about 20 hours per week on average to research obligations. RA's will be assigned to a faculty member or principal investigator who is investigating a specific research project The appropriate subjects are determined by consultation between the student and the student's research and academic advisors. Students will be supported for the first year with departmental funds. Upon successful completion of the oral exam at the end of the first year (Preliminary Part I) the student will be supported by his/her mentor using research grant funds. University fellowships are also available. A satisfactory level of performance must always be maintained, as described, in the Policies and Procedures document for this program.

January 2006