Rotations provide the means to explore a range of labs with diverse scientific questions and approaches, and ultimately serve to match students with mentors for their dissertations. All first year graduate students are required to rotate in three different research laboratories. While we encourage research within the broad umbrella of the Program, rotations can be performed in any laboratory across all campuses of the University. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience new areas of science and methods preparatory to choosing a lab for thesis research.

Each rotation lasts approximately three months following this schedule:

  • Rotation I (October to December)
  • Rotation II (January to March)
  • Rotation III (April to June)

At the end of each rotation, students submit to their mentor and the program directors a written report detailing their goals and accomplishments. Typically, graduate students choose their thesis advisors from amongst laboratories in which they rotate.

Images (in order): Homology structure of Klingon overlaid on the structure of DIP theta from Vijendra Ramlall, Murine cardiomyocyte stained for calcium channel auxiliary beta subunit located at the t-tubules from Arianne Papa, Murine spinal cord section stained neuronal marker NeuN (red) and nuclei (blue) from Shavonne Teng