FAU launches new Ph.D. program in integrative biology

BOCA RATON, FL (September 3, 2003) – As Florida Atlantic University moves forward in its mission of becoming a world-class research institution, a new integrative-biology doctorate program is being introduced into the university curriculum through the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

“This is truly a great idea whose time has come,” said Dr. David E. Hinton, Nicholas Professor of Environmental Quality at Duke University, in his review and recommendation for approval of the Ph.D. program at FAU.

This new integrative-biology doctorate program, which was unanimously approved for implementation this summer at the recent SUS Board of Governors meeting, will provide training for doctoral students across all levels of biology. Integrative biology is designed to have students think about the “whole” and integrate the various levels of biology into their research.

The new program involves faculty and staff from the departments of biological sciences and biomedical science, the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and the USDA’s Horticultural Research Laboratory. Other collaborations will be sought in the future to expand the program faculty.

“Approval of this program adds another core graduate program to our college and to the university, as we aspire to Research Extensive status,” says Dr. Gary Perry, director of Graduate Programs and Research at FAU.

“Furthermore, the timing couldn’t be better with the recent award of the Center of Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology; this program will greatly enhance our research productivity, as well as help generate a workforce to grow and sustain a bioscience industry here in southeast Florida.”

Four students have been accepted into the program this fall. Three of the students will be conducting research into various forms of cancer and one will be working on research related to age-related eye diseases.

Students interested in the new integrative-biology Ph.D. program should contact Dr. Guri Roesijadi at 561-297-3331.