The Biological Clocks Training Program (BCTP) is designed to
provide predoctoral students with:
- a general knowledge of circadian rhythms at the behavioral,
physiological and anatomical levels;
- a comprehensive knowledge of how the circadian clock functions
at the molecular and biochemical levels in different
- opportunities to develop their oral and written presentation
- exposure to eminent circadian clock researchers who share their
goals and interests.
Research Training: BCTP students are admitted through several
departments and programs on campus including the Department of
Biology, the Department
of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, the Faculty of Genetics, and the
Texas A&M Institute for
Neuroscience. Incoming doctoral students perform rotations
through at least two laboratories prior to selecting a lab home for
dissertation research. The number and duration of rotations, and
sources of support, are tailored to individual students.
Interactions among the CBCR labs encourage multidisciplinary
approaches in research design.
Coursework: All BCTP doctoral students enroll in a course on
Biological Clocks (BIOL 601). This graduate level course covers the
formal properties of the circadian clock, as well as in depth
studies of the clocks in major model organisms and humans that
incorporates classical and current literature. Students present
papers from the literature and develop a testable hypothesis. From
this hypothesis, students write a grant proposal for their final
exam. The Biological Clocks course is taught during the spring
semester every two years.
All trainees (and other members of CBCR laboratories)
participate year-round in the Clocks Journal Club (CJC), attended
by faculty, postdocs, and students from the participating labs.
Presentations include journal article reviews and research
The remainder of coursework is customized for each student in
consultation with his or her graduate advisory committee to be
compatible with the program requirements for the chosen Ph.D.
Interaction with the Biological Clocks Community: Trainees will
participate in our annual regional biological rhythms research
for Clocks), and have the opportunity to attend international
circadian rhythms meetings such as the Gordon Research Conference
on Chronobiology and the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
Interested in predoctoral or postdoctoral training within the
CBCR? Contact us
and tell us of your interests, background, and what level of
training you seek.