Contact Information

Molecular and Cell Biology

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Program
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Gabriela Dveksler, Ph.D.

Chair, Recruitment and Admissions Committee
Phone: (301) 295-3332

Mary Lou Cutler, Ph.D.

Professor & Director
Phone: (301) 295-3453

Tina Finley

Department Administrator
Phone: 301-295-3642


Free Application

Application Process

The application for admission can be found at All application fees have been waived.

To qualify for admission, prospective students must possess a Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale. In addition to the application, prospective students must also provide the following:

  • Complete academic transcripts of postsecondary study
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the academic achievements of the applicant
  • A personal statement that expresses the applicant's career objectives.
  • GRE scores (the General Test is mandatory and a Subject Test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, or Chemistry is recommended but optional)

After submitting an application, students will be required to undergo several interviews with MCB faculty. Interviews occur during the University's annual Open House in March.

What's the Catch?

There is no catch! Students are in NO way obligated to perform military service. Doctoral recipients from USU have taken top research positions in academia and biotechnology companies throughout the country.

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Application Information and Instruction

Deadline: January 1. Complete applications must be received by January 1. to receive full consideration for Fall matriculation.

Online Application & Instruction. Online application is available at Please read and follow these instructions.

You must use the Internet Explorer browser (6.0 or higher). Once you begin filling out the application, complete the process in its entirety without time lapse. The system will not allow for long lapses prior to completion of the form. Please print and review your application prior to submitting it to insure all information is correct.

Supporting Materials. Supporting materials, transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores or waiver request and TOEFL scores (for international students) must be mailed to the address above and received by January 1.

International Students: The application requires a Social Security Number (SSN), which international applicants may not have. If you do not have a SSN, please contact us prior to submitting your application (e-mail or call 301-295-9474 or 800-772-1747). We will assign a temporary identification number for use on the application form.

Questions or Comments? Contact the Graduate Education Office, 301-295-9474 or 800-772-1474 or e-mail

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