The Masters program in Anatomical Sciences aims to give students a solid foundation in anatomical sciences in both the macro- and microscopic realms.
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Trainees are prepared to pursue careers in biomedical research, anatomy teaching or related fields requiring knowledge of biological structure and an ability to analyze it.
Our faculty are engaged in cell and developmental biology, bioimaging, and neuroscience, with a strong emphasis on computational approaches that can derive unique insight from complex data sets. While our program focuses on microscopic anatomy and cell biology, we aim to produce scientists with knowledge of biological principles at all levels of scale and who are enabled by proficiency in computational imaging methodologies and data analyses.
Our program emphasizes research over didactic study. Our faculty are engaged in research in cell and developmental biology, systems biology and informatics, bioimaging, and neuroscience.
Research projects tend to be highly interdisciplinary, with faculty collaborations in the Canon Stroke & Vascular Research Center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Departments of Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, as well as other departments within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. To accommodate such diverse interactions, coursework requirements are a kept at a minimum and it is the advisor's responsibility to arrange with the student, at the time of entry, a tentative program of study.
Students must complete a one-semester course in Cell Biology and at least one semester of one of the following: Histology, Neuroscience, or Gross Anatomy.
The remainder of the program is developed on an individual basis but, in general, comprises interdisciplinary courses, courses in areas relevant to the student's research, and a substantial thesis or project prepared under the supervision of a full time department faculty member and committee selected by the student and faculty advisor.
The main requirement for the Master's degree in our program is completion of (a) a research thesis describing hypothesis-driven experimental work, or (b) a special project constituting novel work advancing a technical or instructional aspect of Anatomical Sciences. The subject of the thesis or project must fall within the interests and expertise of program faculty, and the scope of the work generally represents the product of 2-3 semesters of effort. Thus, completion of the program can be expected to take 2 years.
A typical curriculum follows this pattern:
Minimum 1 year full-time.