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Graduate Certificate in Professional Molecular Sciences

Faculty working with Students: 32
Students: 0
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0.00%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall June 1 (Domestic) March 1 (International)
  • Spring November 1 (Domestic) June 1 (International)
  • Summer March 1 (Domestic) November 1 (International)
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
  • Global Campus: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

The Professional Molecular Sciences Graduate Certificate is an interdisciplinary certificate that combines graduate courses in molecular biosciences with professional courses. This certificate encourages students with an undergraduate degree in the sciences to expand their training into non-science areas, so that they will be well versed in a broad set of transferable skills including business, management and communication; skills that many employers are seeking in future employees.

Admission Requirements:

Students wishing to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Professional Molecular Sciences should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, microbiology or a related field. The Graduate School requires a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA in grades undergraduate work.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 and have significant work experiences in a relevant scientific field may be considered for admission.

Applicants must submit the Graduate School Application for a Graduate Certificate, including a statement of purpose (300 words max) addressing the following questions;

  • What is your motivation for earning the graduate certificate?
  • What is your assessment of your ability to succeed in graduate courses?

Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate level coursework will also be required. International students who have not earned a previous degree from a US institution within the last two years must also submit TOEFL scores.

Student Opportunities:

A strength of this certificate is that it can be earned on either the Pullman campus or anywhere in the United States through online courses offer by the Global Campus. This certificate is accessible to all students at WSU’s branch campuses and Learning Centers, as well as place bound, time bound and non-traditional students nationwide. This certificate is recommended for:

  • Non-degree seeking students who want interdisciplinary science and professional training
  • Graduate students in a variety of science disciplines from agriculture to veterinary medicine, who are looking for professional training to add to their skill sets
  • Working professional who seek retraining and/or additional training
  • Educators who require continuing education for accreditation

 

 

Career Opportunities:

Employers are increasingly looking for multidisciplinary training in future employees, especially employers who are involved in Biotechnology start-ups, where revenue is initially limited.  These individuals are looking for employees who have a “T” shaped training – depth of training in science, but with additional training in non science skills (management and/or business), such that employees can cover disparate areas of need.

Faculty Members:

Alderete, John F, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Parasite and host cell-tissue interactions focused on proteins that contribute to infection and disease pathogenesis in Trichomonas vaginalis.

Black, Margaret, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Molecular evolution, pathway engineering and extensive in vitro and in vivo analyses to improve and evaluate suicide genes for gene therapy of cancer.

Brosemer, Ronald W, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Carabeo, Rey, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Chlamydia trachomatis-epithelium interaction using 3D cell culture systems, Molecular biology of iron-dependent repression of transcription in Chlamydia

Cooper, Cynthia, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Zebrafish developmental mechanisms.

Davis, William C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Driskell, Ryan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

The core mission of the Driskell Laboratory is to investigate mechanisms that will induce regeneration in skin wounds utilizing fibroblast lineages.

Gloss, Lisa M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Goodman, Alan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Animal models of microbial infection, Computational models for functional genomics and signaling pathways

Griswold, Michael D, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Biochemistry and molecular biology of mammalian spermatogenesis with emphasis on testicular somatic cells.

Haseltine, Cynthia A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Mechanisms of homologous recombination and cellular responses to DNA damage in hyperthermophilic archaeal microbes.

Hassold, Terry, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Meiotic chromosome abnormalities.

Helmick, Consetta M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Her, Chengtao, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Application of the state-of-the-art genomics and proteomics approaches to address fundamental questions related to mammalian DNA mismatch repair pathways.

Hinz, John, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Hunt, Patricia Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Meiosis in mammalian germ cell development.

Jones, Jonathan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Understanding how the behavior of epithelial cells is regulated by signaling initiated by ligand (extracellular matrix)-receptor interaction.

Kim, Kwanhee, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Vitamin A signaling circuitry in reproductive organs, Reproductive toxicology by plasticizer phthalates.

Konkel, Michael Edward, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Bacterial pathogenesis, identification and characterization of virulence determinants in Campylobacter jejuni.

McCabe, Norah Rosaleen, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Mixter, Philip Fowler, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Oatley, Jon Michael, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Molecular mechanisms that control the fate of germline stem cells and the determinants of the stem cell niche in mammalian testes.

Offerdahl, Erika, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Cognitive mechanisms that lead to deep conceptual learning in undergraduate life sciences

Roberts, Steven, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Genome dynamics: mechanisms of mutation and chromosome alteration that contribute to human disease. Mutagenesis of ssDNA in cancer.

Sanchez-Lanier, Mary, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Shelden, Eric A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Cytoskeletal regulation and dynamics during injury, migration and differentiation of mammalian cells.

Smerdon, Michael J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Our broad objective is to understand the molecular details of an important defense mechanism (DNA repair) against phenotypic changes in cells, and its modulation by different chromatin domains.

Sylvester, Steven, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

In my laboratory, we view the world at the molecular level with a bent toward reproductive processes. We try to identify molecules in the environment that may alter reproductive processes in plants and animals. We are currently trying to identify pheromones in a introduced predatory snail that costs the oyster industry millions of dollars per year. We are also trying to regulate reproduction in fish to improve protein production, reduce wastes, and restore populations. On the human side, we are trying to understand the processes by which contaminants accumulate in breast milk.

Watts, Jennifer L, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Genetics and genomics of lipid metabolism and fat storage in C. elegans.

Winuthayanon, Wipawee, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Ovarian hormonal regulation in the female reproductive track during early pregnancy

Wyrick, John Jason, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Regulation of eukaryotic genome expression, histone acetylation, and the development of new functional genomic and bioinformatic tools.

Xun, Luying, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Molecular biology and biochemistry of microbial degradation and biotransformation of xenobiotics and environmental pollutants.

Contact Information:

Tamara Breske
PO Box 647520
Pullman, WA 99164-7520
509-335-4318
509-335-1907