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PhD Training Opportunities in Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology

Students interested in pursuing a PhD or DVM/PhD within the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine are currently being recruited.

The department faculty are engaged in research in many different fields including but not limited to: aging, alcohol dependence, anatomy (gross and microscopic), biomedical nanotechnology, cancer, cystic fibrosis, epithelial physiology, hearing loss, heart failure, kinesiology, male infertility, Parkinson’s Disease, stem cell biology, teaching methods, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, and toxicology.

 

Academics

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Anatomy & Physiology

The Department of Anatomy and Physiology offers opportunities for studies leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Cell and systemic physiology, immunophysiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology are the major themes of research of the department. Please explore these pages to learn more about our Graduate Faculty and academic requirements of our program.

Graduate Faculty include members of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, as well as the Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Biology, Department of Biochemistry, and Department of Kinesiology. Their specific areas of interest include:

  • biomedical applications for nanomedicine and drug delivery
  • comparative exercise physiology
  • food animal immunophysiology
  • molecular biology of membranes
  • molecular genetics and gene mapping and expression
  • neural control of cardiovascular function
  • ion channel structure and function
  • transport processes and pathophysiology of microcirculation

Our graduates advance to careers in academia at animal and human health science-related institutions such as Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, as well as Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition, they hold positions in governmental agencies, industry, and agribusiness.

Master of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences

The MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences is a college-wide program. Contact Barb Turner at 785-532-4500 or by email at bturner3@vet.k-state.edu for more information.

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine 

A professional program administered through the College of Veterinary Medicine is also available. For DVM/PhD opportunities, contact Dr. Frank Blecha, Associate Dean for Research, at 785-532-4537 or email blecha@vet.k-state.edu.

 

Admissions

To be admitted with full standing, the applicant must have

  • an average of B or better in the junior and senior years
  • a bachelor's or veterinary medical degree from an approved institution
  • adequate undergraduate preparation in the proposed field
  • GRE scores (within the last 5 years) sent directly from ETS

There are 2 tracks:

  • Traineeship program: Students complete at least 2 rotations within the first year of study before choosing a mentor
  • Direct recruitment: Applicants identify a mentor from our graduate faculty who agrees to supervise the student before the application is considered.

See positions available to explore current opportunities for direct recruitment.

This degree requires 90-hours of graduate study, including 30-hours of research. For those currently holding a master’s degree, up to 30-hours of graduate hours can be applied to the doctorate program. For DVM candidates, if 12 hours of dual credit has not been applied to the Master of Science degree, it may be applied toward the PhD.

Apply through the K-State Graduate School

For additional information, please contact Gail Eyestone at geyestone@vet.k-state.edu.

Department of Anatomy and Physiology graduate courses

 

Graduate Student Positions available

Bionanotechnology

Laboratory of Dr. Rob DeLong (http://www.vet.k-state.edu/education/anatomy-physiology/faculty-staff/faculty/DeLong/index.html) has one opening for an outstanding applicant to pursue PhD or DVM/PhD in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, in the Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State University. Students who have completed or will complete an undergraduate and/or master’s degree by December 2015 from an accredited institution in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics or Bionanotechnology are especially encouraged to apply early and to matriculate January 2016.

Interested candidates should apply on-line to the K-State Graduate School (http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/) and concurrently send a letter of interest, transcripts and a resume/CV listing any publications to Ms. Gail Eyestone, Graduate Program co-ordinator, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, 228 Coles Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-5802, 785-532-5666, geyestone@vet.k-state.edu. Letter of interest should clearly state interest in pursuing PhD with Dr. DeLong.   

Cancer Biology

One PhD student opening is available in the Molecular and Cellular Cancer Biology Lab of Dr. Jianzhong Yu at Kansas State University, Department of Anatomy and Physiology. The focus of research in our lab is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying organ size control and tumorigenesis, with specific emphasis on understanding the molecular mechanisms of the Hippo pathway and mTOR pathway regulated tissue growth. For more information, please visit: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/education/anatomy-physiology/faculty-staff/faculty/yu/index.html.  Interested candidates should apply on-line to the K-State Graduate School (http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/) and concurrently send a letter of interest, transcripts and a resume/CV listing any publications to Ms. Gail Eyestone, Graduate Program co-ordinator, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, 228 Coles Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-5802, 785-532-5666, geyestone@vet.k-state.edu. Letter of interest should clearly state interest in pursuing PhD with Dr. Jianzhong Yu.  

Molecular Neurodegeneration 

One PhD student opening is available in the Laboratory of Dr. Yulan Xiong at Kansas State University, Department of Anatomy and Physiology.  Our lab focuses on molecular pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease using various model systems including yeast, Drosophila, mice, primary and human neuronal cultures. The general approach in our lab is to use a powerful combination of genetics, molecular biology and behavioral analysis to decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases in human.  For more information, please visit: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/education/anatomy-physiology/faculty-staff/faculty/xiong/index.html Interested candidates should apply on-line to the K-State Graduate School (http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/) and concurrently send a letter of interest, transcripts and a resume/CV listing any publications to Ms. Gail Eyestone, Graduate Program co-ordinator, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, 228 Coles Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-5802, 785-532-5666, geyestone@vet.k-state.edu. Letter of interest should clearly state interest in pursuing PhD with Dr. Yulan Xiong.